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      Man in court on charity violation charge

      The 40-year-old business owner facing a charge of violating the Charitable Solicitation Act was in court on Friday for arraignment.

      During the arraignment, Scott Martin pled not guilty to the charge. The charge stems from a dispute on charitable donations from shirt sales at Martin's Sports Apparel.

      The charge alleges that the family of Christopher "Bubba" Croley never received donations from shirts sold by Martin. The shirts being sold were in honor of Croley, who was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver.

      Martin's defense recently argued that people did not pay for or pick up shirts they ordered. To resolve the issue, officials claim a settlement deal involving $1,000 was set up in 2013. According to Martin's attorney, that money remains untouched.

      Special prosecutor Karen Bahrman has requested that Martin be tried as a habitual offender, third offense. If he is convicted, this could double the sentence from five to ten years. Martin could also face $40,000 in fines.

      The case will now head to trial, but that date has not been set.