Pavers Taken From Maupin Park Site In Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Batavia, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities accuse a man of stealing a truckload of stone pavers from a park site named for the southwest Ohio soldier who was captured in Iraq and later killed.

The Matt Maupin welcome pavilion was established at East Fork State Park, just east of Cincinnati, as a tribute to the slain soldier whose remains were found in Iraq in 2008.

Clermont County authorities say the cut stones were worth $822 and filled a pickup truck bed.

They say 26-year-old Francis Fille took the pavers to build a walkway around his home.

He has pleaded not guilty and was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance.

He could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted of the theft charge.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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