Criminal Charges Dropped for Wallace Cafeteria Employee

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A criminal charge against a Wallace Community College cafeteria operator suspected of taking more than $32,000 from the cafeteria has been dropped.

53-year-old Elaine Biddle was charged with first-degree property theft after the Alabama Department of Examiners and Public Accounts found the money was missing during an audit Wallace requested.

The department determined that Biddle, who's currently suspended without pay, was liable for the lost money and filed a claim against her. She was later arrested on the theft charge.

Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the criminal case against Biddle, which a judge granted.

Biddle's attorney, Tom Brantley, said the dismissal was good news for Biddle as she heads into an employment arbitration in November. He said four other employees had unsupervised access to the cash register.

Brantley said his client didn't take the money and doesn't know who did. She passed a lie detector test administered by a Dothan police officer.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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