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Criminal Charges Against North Texas Mayor Dismissed

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HUTCHINS (AP) — The Dallas County district attorney's office has dismissed criminal charges against a suburban mayor and eight former employees of the town's public works department.

A North Texas newspaper reports that in the motion to dismiss the charges the DA would only say that it was "in the interest of justice."

A Dallas County grand jury in April indicted Hutchins Mayor Artis Johnson for criminal conspiracy and abuse of official capacity. Hutchins City Secretary Janis Daniels was charged with theft, and the eight others were accused of engaging in organized criminal activity.

They were accused of selling city-owned scrap metal to recycles and pocketing the money, more than $25,000.

Johnson told the newspaper, "I think they just didn't have a case."

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