Holcomb council member arrested on theft allegations

7/2/2013

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

A Holcomb City Council member was arrested Thursday on an allegation of theft.

Richard Scott Homer, Holcomb, was arrested in Dodge City Thursday by the Ford County Sheriff's Office on an allegation of felony theft.

According to Ford County Sheriff Dean Bush, the FCSO arrested Homer at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a Dodge City Police Department warrant.

DCPD Chief Craig Mellecker said the DCPD conducted an investigation involving Homer and Nebraska Irrigation, 1000 S. Second Ave., Dodge City, but Mellecker referred all other questions to the Ford County Attorney's Office.

According to Assistant Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman, Homer is being charged on one count of theft.

"He's charged with one count in the alternative, so there is one count, but two alternatives," Salzman said.

The first alternative is theft of property or services greater than $25,000, a severity level seven, non-person felony. The other alternative is theft by deception of property or services greater than $25,000, also a severity level seven, non-person felony.

Homer was lodged in the Ford County Jail on Thursday, but has since bonded out.

Salzman said no hearing has been set at this time.

Homer was elected to the Holcomb City Council in April after receiving 12 write-in votes.

Holcomb Mayor Gary Newman said that because the allegation against Homer is in no way connected to the city of Holcomb, it is a personal matter.

"In my eyes, nothing was done against the city, so he'll continue to serve in his seat as his case works its way through the judicial system," Newman said.

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