Judge tosses theft charge

A judge tossed out a charge of theft by deception against Jason Allen Heim, 38, of 1391 Almond St., after the victim in the case, Alan Cohick, of Barr’s Hardware, 1254 W. Fourth St., did not appear for Heim’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

District Judge Christian Frey threw out the charge that city police filed following Cohick’s accusations that Heim allegedly made three unauthorized transactions between late March and early May.