Wed­ding of­fi­ciant faces theft charges

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

MID­DLE­TOWN (AP) — A non-de­nom­i­na­tional min­is­ter from Rhode Is­land who was ar­rested on credit card fraud charges last month is fac­ing ad­di­tional theft al­le­ga­tions.

James Stern, 39, of Portsmouth, was ar­rested again last Tues­day and de­tained on $5,000 bail.

Stern, who has won awards as a wed­ding of­fi­ciant, was charged last month with us­ing a credit card re­ported stolen from a New­port ho­tel room by a guest at a wed­ding he of­fi­ci­ated. Po­lice said the new charges are re­lated to thefts at the New­port County YMCA in Mid­dle­town and the Ocean Com­mu­nity YMCA in West­erly. Au­thor­i­ties say they found nu­mer­ous gift cards, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards and bolt cut­ters in Stern’s ve­hi­cle.

Stern has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyer, Craig Hein, de­clined to com­ment Satur­day.

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