Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Former Basehor clerk to appear in court

January 29, 2003

A former Basehor city clerk charged with stealing money from the city is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Jennifer Srubas-Willis, a former clerk in charge of handling utility billing and municipal court fees and fines, is charged with felony theft and misuse of public funds.

Both counts are felonies. An exact amount of the money stolen is unknown, but county officials said the figure could be as high as $30,000.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., county officials said.

The preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for November, however it was postponed because Srubas-Willis' attorney Katarina Thompson, of Leavenworth, was not prepared to move forward with the case.

County officials offered a plea bargain to Srubas-Willis in November: District Attorney Frank Kohl offered to drop the felony theft charge, the lower class felony of the two charges, in exchange for pleading guilty to misuse of public funds and making full restitution of the money taken.

The deal was left on the table, and Kohl said another would not be offered.

In other court news:

  • A Basehor man arrested on drug related charges is scheduled for arraignment in district court at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 3.

Charles Fowler is charged in district court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within a 1,000 feet of a school, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of having no drug tax stamp and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fowler and Tonganoxie resident Tom Lorance were arrested in November at Fowler's residence in the 15000 block of Poplar Street.

Lorance appeared in court Monday, Jan. 27.

He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, no drug tax stamp and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lorance's hearing was continued until Feb. 10, when he will appear with an attorney, county officials said.

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