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Southern Local board member accepts plea deal

EAST LIVERPOOL — A Southern Local school board member took a plea deal Tuesday afternoon in city municipal court.

Judge Dominic Frank sentenced Patricia Exline, of 10th Street Extension, to pay a $150 fine plus costs on a charge of disorderly conduct, reduced from first-degree misdemeanor theft, and a 30-day suspended jail sentence. Frank gave the option of paying an additional $200 in lieu of completing her mandated 20-hour community service hours ($10 per hour).

Exline, who pleaded no contest, also is prohibited from having contact with any other Walmart in Columbiana County under the threat of further additional criminal charges.

If she wouldn’t have accepted the fourth-degree misdemeanor, Exline could have been fined $1,000 and spent up to six months in jail. The maximum penalty for disorderly conduct is $250 and 30 days in jail.

According to St. Clair Township police, Exline was arrested on Dec. 6 in Calcutta Walmart, after allegedly failing to scan 18 items totaling $206.43 when checking out.

Exline had been elected as a Southern Local school board member in November 2019, according to news archives.

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