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Charges against former Pa. candidate dropped

November 11, 1999

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Criminal charges against a man who ran for Chambersburg Borough Council in the Nov. 2 election have been dismissed, according to Franklin County Court records.

Gary L. Hawbaker, 32, of P.O. Box 1096, had been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with theft and receiving stolen property earlier this year.

According to police records, the former Franklin County Prison guard had been charged in June after allegedly failing to return about $350 worth of equipment he had been issued.

Hawbaker, a Democrat, had run for the First Ward council seat against incumbent Republican William F. McLaughlin, losing by a vote of 378 to 284.

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"The commonwealth no longer desires further prosecution in this matter due to the interest of justice," according to the petition from the District Attorney's Office to dismiss the charges signed Wednesday by Judge Richard J. Walsh.

Prior to the election, Hawbaker said the charges resulted from a "lack of communication" between himself, the prison and police.

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