A Dauphin County judge has dismissed 305 of the 449 charges filed against former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed, who has been accused of siphoning public funds from civic projects to purchase a host of artifacts and memorabilia, such as a vampire-hunting kit, that he allegedly planned to use for a museum.

Senior Judge Kevin A. Hess found that the majority of Reed’s charges were filed beyond the statute of limitations, including ones alleging corrupt organizations, theft, and bribery. Most of the other charges were related to receiving stolen property.

Henry Hockeimer of Ballard Spahr, representing Reed, said he was pleased with the decision. "This was an ill-conceived prosecution from the start," Hockeimer said. "We look forward to vigorously contesting the ­remaining charges at trial."

A spokesman for the OAG said, "We are disappointed in reviewing the judge's decision and will decide how to proceed once we have an opportunity to complete the review."