A felony stealing charge is dropped against an 84-year old Lawrence County man. Walter Bracht had been charged in the embezzlement of more than $10,000 from the village of Freistatt. Bracht is a former member of the Village Board of Trustees, which handles water and sewer funds. Bracht was charged in February after investigators allegedly discovered he wrote checks to himself from the funds in 1998 and 1999. Prosecutors say the embezzlement charges have been dropped, but they won`t say why.