Archive for Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Judge issues arrest warrant

Former library director misses date in court

July 23, 2003

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Tonganoxie woman who failed to appear at a court hearing Friday morning.

Former Tonganoxie Library director Beckie Borella, 44, Tonganoxie, was scheduled to appear in Leavenworth County District Court for arraignment Friday morning. However, Borella did not show up, and Leavenworth County District Judge Frederick Stewart issued a warrant for Borella's arrest.

Borella, who has been charged with one felony count of misusing public funds at the library, originally was scheduled to appear July 11, but her attorney was in the hospital and the case was delayed until last Friday.

According to Deborah Owens of the Leavenworth County Attorney's office, Borella will be arrested, be taken to jail and appear in front of a district court judge, who will set another bond.

When the misuse of funds charge initially was filed against Borella, a judge released her on her own recognizance, meaning she did not have to post any money for her release.

"It will be up to the judge whether she has to this time or not," Owens said.

Leavenworth County Sheriff Herb Nye said on Tuesday that his officers had not received the warrant for Borella's arrest yet from the court.

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