(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)
A Colville sports editor charged with theft made a brief appearance in Stevens County District Court last Thursday, June 1.
Kevin Thomas Hulten appeared before judge Gina Tveit to say that he did not need a court-appointed attorney. He indicated that he had consulted with his wife, who is an attorney in Colville, and would be hiring his own attorney.
Hulten has been charged with three counts of third degree theft and one count of attempted theft after a string of shoplifting incidents at Super 1 Foods grocery store in Colville in March.
Tveit released Hulten on the conditions that he would not return to the Super 1 store and that he had no further criminal violations. His next hearing is scheduled for June 12.
Hulten was hired in March as a sports editor at the Statesman-Examiner newspaper in Colville, replacing long-time editor Chris Cowbrough. Employees at the newspaper declined to comment when contacted about his employment status.