Tuesday, December 4, 2012
District Attorney John Sewell has charged Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, with two felonies tied to her alleged embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League.
One felony charge, aggravated theft in the first degree — a B-Class felony — was listed as part of her original arrest executed Nov. 20 by City of Hood River Police.
Sewell elevated the second original charge of forgery in the second degree, a misdemeanor, to one count of identity theft in the first degree — a C-Class felony. According to the D.A.’s charges, Bailey allegedly embezzled the funds through her role as HRCLL board member and treasurer.
“My priority in prosecuting this case is to ensure that the Hood River Little League program be made whole,” said Sewell when asked about the case.
Bailey was arrested and lodged at NORCOR on Nov. 20 and posted $2,500 in bail on a $25,000 bond shortly after her arrival. Brian Starns was already engaged as her attorney at the time of her arrest.
In addition to the D.A.’s filed charges, Monday’s hearing included two requests from Bailey’s attorney to Judge John A. Olson, asking for modification of her conditions of release.
Starns first asked that Bailey be allowed to travel regularly to the state of Washington to access a support group. Olson agreed to this modification.
Starns also asked that Olson loosen the restrictions placed on Bailey from her original condition of release, which prohibited her from any contact or interaction with individuals associated with the HRLL case.
Starns argued that the restriction was too broad and that living in a small town would necessarily place Bailey in contact with others associated with the case. He cited Bailey’s children’s continuing participation in sporting events that she would like to attend, and the fact that some individuals associated with HRCLL had attempted to contact Bailey themselves.
Sewell responded to the request by offering Olson a list of specified individuals including board members, officers or administrators of HRCLL and others who have participated in the investigation, and requested that these individuals be specifically protected from contact with Bailey.
Starns argued that Bailey identified one person on the list as one of her best friends and another as someone who had “reached out” to Bailey.
Sewell responded that Bailey should be directed to respond to any of the listed individuals by saying she was “not allowed to discuss the case” while the case was still pending. Sewell did allow that attendance at sporting or social events, with these restrictions in place, would not be a violation of State conditions.
Olson agreed with the modification allowing Bailey to attend sporting and social events but included the individual no-contact list as part of the modification.
According to Sewell, Bailey’s case will advance to a grand jury hearing where additional charges may be filed. Bailey remains free on bail and her next hearing is slated for Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge