Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Most wanted’ suspect arrested

April 16, 2003

A woman's attempt to write a bad check Sunday helped local officials arrest a Kansas Most Wanted suspect at a Tonganoxie convenience store.

Tracy Marquette, 39, Eudora, tried to write a check about 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Casey's General Store, 103 W. Fourth.

Marquette allegedly had written a bad check about a week and a half before, said manager Paulette Courtney said.

On Sunday, Marquette apparently was at it again when she tried to purchase antifreeze, pop and cigarettes. Courtney refused to take a check.

Marquette then went outside, and Courtney called police.

Darrin Howsworth, 35, Lawrence, who was wanted for numerous check forgery charges, was in Marquette's car.

Fliers of Howsworth were posted in Casey's, but he stayed in the car and Courtney did not see him. A Casey's employee took down the vehicle's license number, in hopes it would help police officers as they tracked the vehicle.

But the vehicle wasn't going anywhere.

Sitting near the gasoline pumps, the vehicle was overheating. So Howsworth and Marquette pushed the car to a parking spot in front of the store.

In a few minutes, Tonganoxie police officer Jennifer Daniels arrived and arrested Howsworth.

"Luck wasn't in her favor that day," Courtney said. "We were lucky she was unlucky."

Police Sgt. John Putthoff said Howsworth wouldn't give his correct name, but police eventually identified him. Basehor and Bonner Springs police assisted in the arrests, as did the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department, Putthoff said.

Howsworth was then taken to the Leavenworth County Jail, where he awaits charges in several counties. Marquette was charged with forgery in Leavenworth County District Court. No court date has been set for her.

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