LIMA — The former executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center was present in a Lima courtroom Thursday to answer to a charge of theft.
Emily Wrencher, 65, entered a plea of not guilty to a single count of fourth-degree felony theft during her arraignment hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Randall Basinger said the state’s case alleges that Wrencher stole in excess of $7,500 from the crisis center by using the agency’s credit card for personal use.
Judge David Cheney allowed Wrencher to remain free on an own-recognizance bond.
Wrencher, who told the court she has relocated and is now living with family in Silver Creek, Georgia, has retained Lima attorney Robert Grzybowski as her legal counsel.
Cheney ordered Wrencher to report to the Allen County jail for booking and fingerprinting before leaving Lima. She was also ordered to meet Thursday with representatives of the adult parole authority to arrange for drug and alcohol testing to be transferred to authorities in Georgia. Grzybowski said a motion would be filed asking that Wrencher be allowed to be absent during a Nov. 27 pre-trial hearing due to the travel required.
Wrencher was terminated from her position with the crisis center in April 2017 following allegations of potential policy violations.
Crossroads Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency focused on survivors of domestic violence and their children. The center, which serves Allen and Hardin counties, includes an emergency shelter and crisis hotline, among other services.