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Derry Council president charged with theft

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Derry Borough Council's president is accused by Westmoreland County detectives of failing to deposit into a bank account nearly $1,300 in revenue from the Derry Community Pool.

Kristine M. Melville, 33, oversaw the operation of the pool during the summer. In court papers, detectives allege that when a pool co-manager gave Melville the cash on June 23, Melville failed to deposit the money into the pool's account.

Detective Thomas Horan wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed against Melville this month that he reviewed bank records and did not locate a deposit matching the amount.

Melville referred questions to her attorney, David Shrager, who could not be reached. She has not turned herself in to District Judge Mark Bilik to face charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the affidavit, Melville told detectives she didn't have a night deposit key for the bank and instead placed the money under a cash register at the pool with a note on June 23.

Melville became council president in February.

In May, council took over management of the community pool from the Ligonier YMCA. Melville volunteered soon after to oversee operations there. According to the affidavit, Melville said she cut ties with the pool before receiving the cash to deposit.

When the pool's co-manager alerted the borough secretary to the alleged discrepancy, council started asking questions about the whereabouts of the money in early July.

“The records requested were not made available by Kristine,” Horan wrote in the complaint. “Kristine explained that she gave some reports to the borough office last week. However, the financial records ... were incomplete.”

Council accepted her resignation as pool manager in August and requested an investigation.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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