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Grand jury dismisses felony charge against Kane

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An Erie County, N.Y., grand jury dismissed the felony robbery charge against Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin James, but indicted both on lesser charges.

The indictments on assault in the third degree and theft of services are misdemeanors, and a harassment indictment is considered a violation-level offense.

Patrick Kane met with reporters after the final on-ice session at the U.S. Olympic orientation camp in suburban Chicago, and he said he wasn't aware of the grand jury's decision on the charges.

"That's news to me to be honest with you, I haven't heard yet," he said. "I'll talk to my lawyer after this. If the felony's dropped, that's obviously a positive step, definitely."

Patrick Kane, 20, and James Kane, 21, will be arraigned at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday. Both were arrested after an incident with 62-year-old cab driver Jan Radecki during the early-morning hours of Aug. 9 in Buffalo.

Kane has avoided discussing the legal issues during the three days of camp activities, although he has made himself available to the media to discuss hockey issues.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report
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