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Judge drops criminal charge against politician
A criminal charge has been dismissed against an elected official in the area.
A Kent County judge scratched a larceny-by-conversion charge Friday against Jay Spencer, who's the supervisor on the Plainfield Township Board of Trustees.
Jolan Jackson invested $241,000 with Spencer to buy, fix up and sell a house in 2011. But police say about $180,000 was spent on non-business items.
Spencer's attorney, Peter Walsh, said the criminal charge was inappropriate, especially when the parties were already involved in a civil lawsuit over the same issue.
Walsh said a tough housing market had hurt Spencer's real estate work at the time.