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Section A: General News


Ritchey trial to begin in October




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Wilson County News
August 6, 2014 | 3,347 views | 1 comment

Jury selection ahead of the trial of former La Vernia businesswoman Patsy Lynne Ritchey has been set for Oct. 29, following her appearance July 30 in Wilson County District Court.

Ritchey, 55, is charged with theft of property worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, misapplication of fiduciary property, and theft of property worth more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 -- all stemming from her former tenure as the treasurer of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce.

Officials said earlier that prosecution of Ritchey’s case will be delayed, pending a grand jury’s review of the findings of an insurance fraud investigation centering around her. These allegations are related to Ritchey’s former Farmers Insurance business on U.S. 87 in La Vernia.

Ritchey was among a lengthy docket of defendants set to appear July 30 before visiting Judge Fred Shannon. Others listed included:

•Marshall Hondo Riley, 38, charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, was arraigned. His next court date is a pretrial hearing set for Oct. 22, followed by a docket call Nov. 18, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for Dec. 1.

•Jeremiah Mark Zavala, 29, charged with possessing the components of an explosive, was arraigned. His next court date is a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 22, followed by a docket call Oct. 15, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for Oct. 27.

•Doyle Wayne Gibbs, 40, charged with injury to the elderly and theft of property worth more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, was scheduled for arraignment but his attorney was not present. He is set to return to court Aug. 25.

•Richard Moehrig, 55, charged with assault on a public servant, was scheduled for arraignment but his attorney was not present. He is set to return to court Aug. 11.

•Chase Jon Sedmak, 26, charged with attempting to take a weapon from an officer, was scheduled for arraignment. He is set to return to court Aug. 25 after hiring an attorney.

•Derek Smolka, 27, charged with one count each of evading on foot with a prior conviction and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, was set for arraignment but did not arrive. His arrest warrant remains open.
 

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LarryJohn  
La Vernia  
August 7, 2014 12:39pm
 
What do the two "links" in your reporting of the Ritchey case tell me about the situation. The "insurance fraud" link lead me to a group of web pages (tutorial)on insurance fraud. Nothing I could find ... More ›

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