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Mom charged with theft from son deployed overseas

MASSILLON — A woman accused of stealing her son’s income tax refunds while he served with the Army in Afghanistan was arrested in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

Jennifer Fletcher is suspected of withdrawing about $16,000 from her son’s account from March 2010 until April 2011 and forging his signature to cash checks in his name, apparently after agreeing to file her son’s taxes while he was away, police said.

Mrs. Fletcher, 42, also is suspected of depositing more than $1,200 from his tax refunds into her account, said Lawrence Township Police Chief Mark Brink.

Mrs. Fletcher was arraigned Monday in Massillon Municipal Court and was being held on $150,000 bond, a court clerk’s office said Monday. She also was ordered to have no contact with her son.

Court records show she is charged with two counts of felony theft and one charge each of identity fraud and forgery.


UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor to resign amid scandals

CHAPEL HILL — The chancellor who has led the country’s oldest public university for four years will step down next year in the wake of scandals involving academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers and special treatment for athletes.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp will step down in June after the academic year and return to teaching in the chemistry department, where he had been a longtime professor and former chairman, the school said Monday.

Mr. Thorp met privately Friday with the Board of Governors overseeing the 17-campus state university system, and several members said afterward they thought Mr. Thorp was doing a great job.

Mr. Thorp’s successes included attracting $767 million in research funds last year, putting the school among the Top 10 U.S. public universities for attracting federal research funding, board members said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports