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A former newspaper carrier has pleaded guilty to tampering with a coin-operated newspaper vending machine in Galax.
Terry Wayne Hale, 49, of Mount Airy, N.C., pleaded guilty June 10 to the tampering charge in Galax Combined Courts.
Hale was sentenced by a judge to 12 months in jail, which was suspended, according to court records. He was placed on probation for one year.
The vending machine was owned by the Winston-Salem Journal.
The newspaper reported that the judge ordered Hale to pay $1,162 in restitution to the Journal, $900 to a Journal carrier who was responsible for the vending machines from which money was stolen, and $81 in court costs.
Court records show Hale was initially charged with grand larceny, embezzlement and tampering with a coin-operated vending machine. The additional charges were dismissed, court records show.
The Journal reported that authorities said another news carrier saw Hale open a Journal vending machine in Galax on Nov. 22, 2012. Hale left his job as a Journal carrier in early November 2012, the newspaper reported.