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County juvenile detention center director set for court in DWI case

By The Herald Staff | 12/20/2013

A Franklin County department head is due back in court next month for a trial hearing.

Ethel Wallace, director at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, was arrested 2:58 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 on K-10 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s booking report.

A Franklin County department head is due back in court next month for a trial hearing.

Ethel Wallace, director at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, 226 S. Beech St., Ottawa, was arrested 2:58 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 on K-10 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s booking report.

Wallace was released later that evening after her bail of $250 was posted, the report said. Her first court appearance was Dec. 2, where she pled not guilty. Wallace’s next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 for a trial setting, Douglas County district court officials said.

Franklin County officials are aware of the allegations against Wallace, but could not comment because it is a personnel matter, Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator and counselor, said Friday.

The county’s policies on drinking and driving relate to those employees who drive for the county, Gayla Wilkins, Franklin County human resources director, indicated in an email to The Herald. It is unclear if Wallace’s position falls under that criteria.

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