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Former firefighter pleads not guilty to embezzling
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DARLINGTON - Not-guilty pleas were entered Wednesday, Aug. 15, for a former volunteer firefighter accused of embezzling nearly $55,000 from the Darlington Community Fire Department.

Jonathan D. Grossen, 30, Darlington, appeared before Judge Thomas Vale for a continued initial appearance in Lafayette County Circuit Court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Grossen will be represented by Madison attorney Jordan Loeb of the firm Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP. A litigation associate at the firm, Sean Lynch, filled in for Loeb during the brief hearing.

Grossen is facing two counts of theft, a Class G felony and a Class H felony.

He allegedly stole $47,284 from the donation accounts of the Darlington Fire Department and a check for $7,393 from the Darlington Fire Commission between June 2009 and March 2012 while a volunteer firefighter and membership treasurer.

A scheduling conference for the case is set for Sept. 19.