Charges pend­ing for dance stu­dio owner

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

While some par­ents just want to move on and be­gin to heal from the sud­den clos­ing of Star­bound Dance Stu­dio, an­other group of par­ents feel they can­not do so un­til the re­ceive ret­ri­bu­tion for money the stu­dio’s owner, Va­lerie Odom, as of yet, has failed to re­fund.

Charges against Odom are pend­ing for theft by con­ver­sion and await the com­ple­tion of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, ac­cord­ing to a pub­lic record copy of the in­ci­dent re­port.

The re­port states the al­leged theft took place be­tween Jan­uary 12, 2013 and June 6, 2014. Three par­ents were named in the re­port that said the Star­bound Dance Stu­dio closed on May 28, 2014 with­out no­tice to par­ents. The owner sent an email af­ter the busi­ness had closed ad­vis­ing all monies re­ceived would be re­funded but that no con­tact or re­funds have been made.

A recital was to be held at the end of May 2014, and fees for the recital, tick­ets and cos­tumes were col­lected in De­cem­ber 2013, the re­port said. The par­ent com­plainant stated even up to May 27, 2014 the stu­dio was col­lect­ing fees from par­ents with no men­tion of clos­ing. The main com­plainant filed in the re­port he is owed $170 be­tween cos­tume and recital fees.

Dar­rell Everidge/ The Cov­ing­ton

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