Charges dropped against former Ashtabula officer accused of stealing close to $58,000

JEFFERSON – Felony theft charges against a former county Sheriff’s Department officer accused of stealing close to $58,000 from Ashtabula County Jail inmate accounts have been dropped. Attorneys for Mark A. Gillespie filed a motion to dismiss his indictment, because the county court ruled earlier this month several pieces of evidence would be suppressed, including polygraph test results, court records show. Gillespie allegedly extorted cash from the phone card kiosk at the Ashtabula County Jail.