Bond appearance set for Holcomb council member

7/11/2013

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

A bond appearance has been scheduled in Ford County District Court for a Holcomb City Council member who was arrested June 27 on an allegation of felony theft involving an irrigation company in Dodge City.

Scott Homer is scheduled to make a bond appearance at 1 p.m. July 18 before Magistrate Judge Keith Whitney at the Ford County Courthouse. Homer bonded out of the Ford County Jail on June 28. His bond was $10,000.

Homer was arrested June 27 by the Ford County Sheriff's Office on an allegation of felony theft from Nebraska Irrigation in Dodge City that allegedly took place sometime in 2009.

Following Wednesday night's Holcomb City Council meeting, Homer had no comment on the allegation but indicated he may have a statement to make in the next couple of weeks.

No mention of the arrest was made during the council meeting, and no one from the public attended to ask questions.

Homer faces one count of theft, a level 7 non-person felony, with two alternatives alleging the theft may have been committed in a couple of ways, either theft of property or services of more than $25,000, or theft by deception of property valued between $25,000 and $100,000.

Depending on Homer's criminal history, the charge can carry a minimum of 11 months to a maximum of 34 months in prison, and fines up to $100,000.

Kevin Salzman, assistant Ford County attorney, declined to provide additional details on the case.

"I don't want to get too much into the evidence or the details since the case is still pending. It's still in its very early stages," he said.

Salzman said next week's bond hearing is an opportunity for the court to make sure Homer is complying with the conditions of his bond. During the hearing, the court also will schedule the next hearing in the case.

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