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Hearing continued in alleged theft from Forward Township Girl Scouts

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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 3:26 a.m.

The preliminary hearing for a Forward Township woman accused of stealing $1,873 from the account she managed for a local Girl Scout troop has been continued until May 6.

Mary Beth Popham, 44, had her hearing which was scheduled for Monday moved because she had not yet been fingerprinted as she is required to by the court.

Popham was charged by township police after Girl Scout Troop 54215 officials discovered on the troop's October bank statement the account she managed was nearly depleted of funds. The related theft charge was filed on Nov. 30.

Five days later, Popham was arrested by Elizabeth Township police after she was discovered passed out in a minivan that was parked with its engine running in the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church parking lot at about 1 a.m. The complaint says that Popham was leaning on the steering wheel and the horn was sounding as the officer approached the van. She was charged with DUI for that incident.

Both cases will be heard at the May hearing.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or

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