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January 28, 2014

Clerical error prompts judge to rescind bench warrant for Danville swimming champ

DANVILLE – A bench warrant has been rescinded for a former Danville High School swim champion charged with theft.

A bench warrant had been ordered Thursday morning in Montour County Court for Nicholas John Hein, 23, of Bloomsburg, for failure to appear for his arraignment.

The order was later rescinded by Judge Gary Norton after a clerical error was discovered.

Hein’s attorney had submitted a waiver of arraignment so Hein didn’t need to appear for his arraignment, County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said Tuesday.

Hein is charged with stealing a swim team money box. This is the second time the charge was filed since he had been given an extension of six months to join the military and avoid theft charges.

During a Montour County Court proceeding Jan. 31, 2013, a judge gave Hein six months to fulfill an agreement.

Hein again was charged with theft and receiving stolen property involving a money box from the Danville Dolphins Swim Team during a meet Jan. 7, 2012, at the Danville Area Community Center. The money box contained $451.

Center officials previously said they didn’t want him prosecuted so charges were dismissed. Hein had gone through rehabilitation and planned to enter the military.

Hein was a PIAA champion swimmer for Danville High School in the 50-freesyle and 100-freesyle in 2008. He was a member of the 400-freestyle relay team that still holds a high school record set in 2008.

Swimmers’ parents chased him through Danville neighborhoods as he held the cash box he later admitted to stealing, Danville police said.


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