Judge dismisses charges against Springdale town officials

By Katie McKellar

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:22 p.m. MDT

ST. GEORGE — A judge Wednesday dismissed charges against two Springdale town officials accused of mismanaging cash fines collected from tourists at traffic stops.

Town manager Richard Wixom and Police Chief Kurt Wright each were charged in February with one count of failing to pay over public money, a third-degree felony, according to charges filed in 5th District Court.

According to court documents, officers acting under Wixom and Wright collected $33,158 in cash bail between July 2006 and October 2011. That money was then sent to the town's funds rather than to the Hurricane Justice Court to be allocated between state and local entities.

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a judge determined "the state did not meet the burden of proof" to continue the case, said Utah State Courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.

"From the court standpoint, there's no longer a case," Volmer said. "The judge did not find there was a probable cause to tie them to the charges."

— Katie McKellar

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