Theater's criminal probe to be dropped?
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    Children's Theatre costume-sales probe ends

    But rest of financial-irregularities investigation still continues, Police Chief Lynne Johnson reports

    The costumes-sales aspect of the Children's Theatre financial-irregularities investigation will not result in any charges being filed against anyone, Police Chief Lynne Johnson confirmed to the Weekly Monday.

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    Posted by Justice is coming
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on May 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Kudo's Weekly for being right on top of this!

    As you said last week, there would be an announcement, and here's part of it and 1/2 of the police investigation is down the tubes.

    And Chief Johnson is back-pedaling on the rest.....

    My only hope is that this doesn't become a "Mike Nifong" thing once everything is out in the open. Nifong only lost his law license and got a day in jail for trying to ruin the lives of 3 people for his personal political/agenda based actions.

    As far as I'm concerned anyone who acts with malice under color of authority should be held to 10 times the standard of the common populace

    Nifong wanted life for the people he illegitimately persecuted for personal gain. After the truth was revealed, and in rational world, he would be facing death.

    When all is said and done, lets hope Palo Alto can do better than North Carolina.

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    Posted by Ed
    a resident of Downtown North
    on May 14, 2008 at 3:20 am

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    Posted by Martha
    a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
    on May 14, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I hope they won't even pusue the misdemeanor case because the travelers' checks did NOT belong to the city. the City did not run its accounts properly. They have had this problem with the Junior Museum and other Community Services areas. If they pursue this they will look even more ridiculous than they already do.

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    Posted by pat
    a resident of Midtown
    on May 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Martha: Please elaborate on the problem with the Junior Museum and other Community Services. Are you saying that those organizations also have accounting issues similar to the Children's Theater?

    What do you mean that "the traverers' checks did NOT belong to the City."?

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    Posted by Tim #2
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on May 14, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Parents gave "X" amount of money for the trip. The money was given to the City in exchange for traveler's checks. City out of the picture - and not out one cent. Receipts were given. I'm a parent and we all knew how it worked. Did the City even ASK?!!!

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    Posted by Sean Mahoney
    a resident of another community
    on May 15, 2008 at 4:55 am

    At least this is the first step. Now the police and county attorney have the much more important step of dropping these trumped up criminal claims. The costume sale investigation was ridiculous from the beginning. The Theatre has hundreds of excess costumes each year and rather than pay for disposal or storage, the City allows the Theatre to sell the costumes and for the money to go to the non-profit organization that directly benefits the Theatre. There is nothing even remotely fishy about that.

    Lets go PAPD, move on to investigating the real crimes that occur in the city and get off of witch hunts of dedicated city employees.

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    Posted by Diane
    a resident of another community
    on May 15, 2008 at 7:17 am

    The way the Police Department and Lynn Johnson handled this whole situation has been deplorable from the beginning. Whats it is looking like Frank said GO GET THEM, without first sitting down and talking and if he or or police had concerns or questions, why didn't they communicate their concerns without just jumping to up surd conclusions? All of their questions could have answered without A)closing the Theatre, B) suspending the employees, and C) without spending "Tens of thousands" of dollars on a witch hunt of an investigation,. Now the lives and reputations of the employees have been permanently damaged, The police Department and Frank are now so desperate to find something, so as not to appear as foolish as they have been. Whats more the City has lost credibility, I certainly would not want to work or live in a place that treated dedicated employees in such a manner.

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