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Niles man fundraising for Thomas Stadium charged with embezzlement


Thomas Stadium in Niles is seen from the sky as regional youth baseball teams prepare to play in a tournament on Saturday.

NILES — A local man who has led fundraising efforts for Thomas Stadium was arrested and charged this week for allegedly stealing money connected to the baseball park.

Dakota Jackson, 24, was arraigned Wednesday on felony counts of embezzlement and falsely reporting a felony after he said $6,000 in cash was stolen from his truck in September. Police say that money belonged to the nonprofit board which runs Thomas Stadium’s baseball leagues. 

Jeff Miller, treasurer of Greater Niles Baseball/Thomas Stadium board, said the board is still trying to figure out if Jackson took more than the $6,000 that was reported and said the money had been collected in team fees for the stadium’s adult baseball leagues. 

In interviews Thursday, board members emphasized that the money donated by the community for renovations was not affected and is going toward improvements to the stadium. They added that funding and fees connected to youth leagues were also not touched. 

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