Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Former clerk close to making deal with DA

March 5, 2003

The fraud case against a former city of Basehor employee could be settled in Leavenworth County District Court Friday, March 7.

Jennifer Srubas-Willis, a former assistant city clerk in charge of handling utility bills and municipal court costs, is charged with felony theft and misuse of public funds.

Both counts are felonies.

A deal resolving the case has been discussed for the past two weeks but hearings have been continued because the deal needed final city approval.

However, district attorney officials said the proposed deal would probably go through during the Friday morning hearing.

"As long as (the city) has signed off on it, we can do a plea," said Debra Owen, Leavenworth County victim witness coordinator.

Under the proposed deal, Srubas-Willis would agree to plead guilty to both charges and pay the city $15,000 in restitution, county officials said.

She would most likely receive probation for both charges, county officials said.

An exact amount of how much money was allegedly stolen from city coffers is unknown. Basehor city officials said $15,000 is the only number that could be proven in court.

The Friday hearing will begin at 9 a.m.

In other court news:

  • The competency results of a Missouri man accused of first-degree murder were revealed to the court Wednesday, March 4.

Raymond Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 11-year-old son, Levi.

Results of the hearing were not available as of press time.

  • Pretrial motions will begin March 17 in the case against a Basehor man accused of selling drugs from his home in the 15000 block of Poplar Street.

Charles Fowler is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 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.

His trial is scheduled to begin April 17. Fowler is represented by Overland Park attorney Carl Cornwell.

  • A Tonganoxie man arrested during the police search of the Fowler residence is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 24.

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

Kansas City, Kan., attorney Ed Gillette represents Lorance.

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