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No court date for Harrell yet

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A court date still has not been set for a Pulaski County High School guidance counselor accused of embezzling money from the school’s cheerleading program.

Court records had shown a court date would be set for Angelia Paige Harrell Dec. 1, but setting of a court date has now been continued until Feb. 1.

Due to Harrell’s position with the county Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor requested a special prosecutor for the case. Bland County Commonwealth Attorney Erin DeHart could not be reached to comment on the reason for a delay in setting the court date.

Harrell was indicted in September on three counts of embezzlement. The charges are Class 4 felonies, carrying a possible sentence of two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000 on each count.

According to Virginia State Police, Harrell is alleged to have diverted to her personal use funds set aside for the cheerleading program at PCHS. Harrell was a head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad.

The alleged embezzlements occurred between March 2010 and Oct. 2011, police said.