Suspect pleads guilty in lumberyard fire
Independence, Mo. -- A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree arson charge stemming from a fire that destroyed most of a 13-acre lumberyard in Kansas City.
Jason M. Jenkins, 19, of North Kansas City, said he helped five other people start the fire at Schutte Lumber Co., according to Jackson County Circuit Court documents. Three others have been charged in the case.
Jenkins said he and another person served as lookouts while four others set the fire, according to the court records.
Jackson County authorities also have filed second-degree arson charges against Mary J. Linder, 18, of Kansas City; and Rocky S. McLaury, 19, and David E. Strobl, 24, both of Gladstone. All three are awaiting trial after pleading innocent in November.
The October fire caused about $5 million in damage at the 123-year-old Schutte Lumber Co.
Jenkins also pleaded guilty to attempted statutory sodomy in a separate case involving an 11-month-old girl.
No sentencing date has been set.
Employee indicted in $200,000 fraud case
Kansas City, Mo. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a woman in connection with what prosecutors said was a scheme that defrauded her employer of more than $208,000.
Jacqueline C. Wayne, 37, of Centennial, Colo., is accused of devising a scheme that defrauded her former employer, Summit Hotel Inc., between Sept. 23, 2000, and Jan. 21, 2003.
Wayne, a former Kansas City resident, worked as the company's controller, preparing financial statements, processing payrolls and making cash deposits.