Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Reservist receives donated tractor

February 17, 2005

A rural Lansing reservist who reported his tractor stolen after serving in Iraq has a new John Deere, thanks to a group of radio listeners.

Kansas City's Mix 93 presented the tractor to Leslie Ward on Friday at Ward's house east of Lansing.

In December, news stories about the reported theft caught the eye of disc jockey Kelly Urich, who began the on-air drive.

Later that month, reports surfaced that Ward had agreed to a diversion in a 2002 case in which he had been charged with felony possession of stolen property that was found in the same barn from which the tractor later was reported stolen.

Urich said he looked into the allegations but decided to go through with presentation of the tractor to Ward.

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