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Bond revoked for former county emergency management employee after failure to appear at theft arraignment

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    Alice Webber



ELYRIA — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a former employee of the Lorain County Emergency Management Agency after she failed to appear in court Thursday.

Alice Webber, 54, of Amherst, was scheduled to be arraigned in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on charges of theft in office, theft and forgery Thursday morning, but she did not show up, according to court documents.

Webber allegedly stole approximately $60,000 from an account the EMA controlled.

On Sept. 5, Webber was arrested and booked into Lorain County Jail on a secret indictment. She was released hours later on a $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

After missing her court date Thursday, that bond has been revoked, according to court documents.

According to Tom Kelley, Lorain County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security director, the funds were from the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee, which is responsible for the handling of hazardous chemicals in the county along with the operations of the county’s Technical Response Team.

The committee and group are funded by each jurisdiction — cities, villages and townships — within the county with the exception of the city of Lorain, according to Kelley. Each jurisdiction’s share of the funding is based on its population.

Kelley received a call from the bank telling him it had noticed something odd with the money in some of the checks. Kelley said Webber allegedly wrote checks from the account to herself and cashed them at a gas station.

Webber resigned from her position with the county the week after Kelley received the tip from the bank. According to the indictment, she allegedly wrote checks from January 2016 until May 31, 2018.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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