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Former youth baseball league president Lachapelle, charged with stealing funds, waives hearing

A Concord man accused of stealing funds while president of a local youth sports league waived his right to a probable cause hearing yesterday at Concord’s district court.

The case against 54-year-old Robert Lachapelle, former president of the Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball League, will now proceed to a grand jury, which will decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Lachapelle was arrested in February and accused of taking $4,300 from the league through two fund transfers and one drawn check, all done in 2010. Lachapelle, who was president of the league from 2007 to 2011, is facing three counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, Class B felonies.

The police said they began investigating Lachapelle in April 2012 when a league official contacted the department with concerns that funds had been misappropriated.

Lachapelle’s lawyer, Sean Chandler, declined to comment yesterday on his decision to waive the probable cause hearing.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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