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Pair want judge to dismiss criminal case over Bethlehem Township street light project

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 25 2012 04:04:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2012 05:27:56 AM CDT

Two men accused of bilking Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., out of $800,000 want the case tossed out.

Two men accused of bilking Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., out of $800,000 want the case tossed out.

Robert Kearns and his business partner, P.J. McLaine, made a deal with the township, promising to save money on street lights, investigators said.

The men, however, kept the money without doing much work, officials said.

Now, they have filed a motion for the case to be dismissed, saying it doesn't belong in criminal court and that the township should pursue a civil claim.