LIMA — Emily Wrencher, the former executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center charged with stealing more than $7,500 from the nonprofit agency, appeared briefly in court Tuesday to waive her constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Wrencher, 66, was indicted by a grand jury last August on a single count of fourth-degree felony theft for allegedly using the agency’s credit card for personal use.
She was terminated from her position with the crisis center in April 2017 following allegations of potential policy violations.
Wrencher pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and was allowed to remain free on an own-recognizance bond. She told the court last fall that she had relocated and was living with family in Silver Creek, Georgia. Former Judge David Cheney allowed Wrencher to leave Allen County after meeting with representatives of the adult parole authority to arrange for drug and alcohol testing to be transferred to authorities in Georgia.
Wrencher appeared in court Tuesday morning with her attorney, Robert Grzybowski, to waive her right to a speedy trial. Judge Jeffrey Reed set an Aug. 20 date for the woman’s jury trial.
Crossroads Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency focused on survivors of domestic violence and their children. The center, which serves Allen County, includes an emergency shelter and crisis hotline, among other services.