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Church checks stolen, local man arraigned

Former Lower Valley resident Joel Leaverton was arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court Tuesday on two counts of forgery.

Leaverton was arrested by Sunnyside police officers for allegedly forging and cashing checks stolen from a local church.

According to Sunnyside police, there are multiple victims in the incident.

An omnibus or status hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 with a pending trial date of Nov. 29. According to court officials, if a continuance is filed Nov. 18, then the November trial date will be postponed.

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