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CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office has charged Cedric Ward, 47, of Gary, with theft and official misconduct.

George Vasilko, a special agent for the U.S. Postal Service, alleges there is evidence Ward, a temporary postal carrier, threw 201 editions of The Times newspaper into a dumpster outside the Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Merrillville, Aug. 12 rather than deliver them to the mailboxes of residents of the Tiberon Trails Apartments on 52nd Drive in Calumet Township, as he was supposed to do.

Ward, who is free on bond, denied dumping the papers. There is no court date set for the matter.

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