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Dismissal filed in underage drinking case involving former Harrisburg school board president

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Michelle Schirado at a Harrisburg School Board Meeting in May 2012 Michelle Schirado at a Harrisburg School Board Meeting in May 2012

The prosecution is asking for a dismissal of a case alleging that a former Harrisburg School District president and her husband contributed to an underage drinking party last May. 

Former president Michelle Schirado and her husband were indicted on charges of contributing to a child in need of supervision and maintaining a place used for violation of beverage laws. Last May, a total of 25 teenagers were arrested for underage drinking at a party at their rural Harrisburg home.

Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman issued a news release Thursday afternoon stating the State had filed a Dismissal Without Prejudice. In the news release, Wollman stated that a key witness for the State is currently at a critical stage in his military training and pulling him to testify would do harm to his military career.

"We are disappointed in the inability to resolve this matter short of trial. The significant delay in scheduling of the trial put the State in a difficult position of having to balance the military career of a young soldier and the interests of justice," Wollman said.

Wollman stated in the press release that a dismissal "without prejudice" preserves the State's ability to pursue the charges in the future.

Schirado is no longer school board president but she is still a member of the Harrisburg School Board.

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