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  • Former county worker sentenced for stealing supplies

  • A former county maintenance worker will spend ten days in jail for stealing supplies, including toilet paper.

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  • A former county maintenance worker will spend 10 days in jail for stealing supplies.
    Joseph L. Fleming Sr., 53, of 422 Newton Ave. NW, is to begin serving his sentence Friday.
    Fleming pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to theft in office, a felony, and Stark County commissioners fired the 16-year employee on Dec. 19.
    Fleming admitted to stealing cleaning supplies used in maintaining various county buildings, and a search of his home in October yielded almost $700 worth of supplies, according to court papers.
    In addition to jail time, Stark County Common Pleas Judge Lee Sinclair’s Dec. 21 sentence places Fleming on probation for two years and requires him to perform 200 hours of community service. Breaking the rules of probation could lead to a one-year prison term.
    Fleming will also have to pay restitution for any of the recovered items that can’t be used, said Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Dennis Barr.
    The stolen items included paper towels, toilet paper and other basic cleaning supplies, the prosecutor said.
    Fleming told sheriff’s deputies, who had been tipped off about the stolen supplies, that he had been taking them for years, but there is no way to tell how long Fleming took items or how many, Barr said.

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