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     The other charge Steven Lavender was charged with and it is not mentioned in the Petition For Forfeiture is the following misdemeanor:
35 § 780-113 §§ A16 – Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg
     According to lawyers, this charge does not involve the intent to sell (click here):
     No, it is not intent to sell. That is 35 § 780-113(a)(30) [That is the charge Lavender was found not guilty of by a jury]. 35 § 780-113(a)(16) means unlawful possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered under the act to possess it unless obtained with a valid prescription.
     We don’t know what substance he had or how much but he was found guilty by a jury of this charge. If it does not involve sales, can the District Attorney take his $2,905?
     I honestly don’t know – but it is very clear the petition is just wrong and the fact they state they are taking his money because he was found guilty of driving with a suspended license and another summary driving violation is simply ludicrous. And on the same day the invalid petition was filed, Judge Christopher Hackman issued an order giving Lavender 30 days to respond or they were taking – and did take – his $2,905 in cash. 

**   According to his docket, Steven Lavender was charged with four offenses – including one not mentioned in the Petition For Forfeiture (see below).
       During a jury trial, he was found not guilty of the felony offense – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. So what was left and how can they take $2,905 of his money under drug civil forfeiture?

*    So, the District Attorney’s Office can take $2,905 of your money under drug civil forfeiture because you are found guilty of driving while your license is suspended? See a portion of a Petition For Forfeiture below and click here to read the entire Petition. There’s actually more to this but not much. How could a judge approve this?



      This email in:
      I would like to remain Anonymous however you may be interested to know or should maybe look into the financial state of the sheriffs office having their credit cards maxed out. Kind of fits since he’s claimed a bankruptcy himself. So much for being a conservative republican.
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  1. Becky says:

    “Mel” – I can’t publish that!

    • Mel says:

      Becky, he has to be stopped. He is a criminal that hurts women. I watched him do it to my colleague and close friend. What her and her son have been through at his hands is terrible. I saw it all at my job and at her home. I am so tired of no one exposing this man and when this man is lower then pond scum!!!! He infects and abuses women and leaves them to care for their kids alone. You don’t have to name names but I want him to know that we are watching him and he will be exposed.

  2. Big spender on our dime says:

    The sheriff is elected and the treasurer has no control over him or his spending habits. The commissioners set the elected officials budgets and have to approve any excess spending. Leppler basically spends whatever he wants and his buddies in the Commish office won’t do nothing about it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ok so let me fill you in Becky. When you receive the charges Lavender has and this amount of money was in his possession this money is automatically taken from you. You will not get this money back. This has been going on for years in Lancaster. If you fight for that cash Stedman will come for you with every charge he can. So giving up the 2,000 and asking no questions is a whole lot better especially if you have a public defender. Its called stedman justice. Understand now why he cant report to the public where the funds went. Because a lot of it had to have gone unreported, unaccounted, and for personal pleasure. This been going on for years. If you dont have a paystub at the time stopped to prove you just cashed a check that money is taken from you. I cant believe you never heard of this.

    • Anonymous says:

      If he wasnt found guilty maybe stedman never thought Lavender would fight case or fight for his cash back. The money may have not been documented when taken.

  3. Nope says:

    Amber Martin has no authority over the County Sheriff in anyway. The treasurer has no control over writing checks as that is a function of the County Controller. The only people that have the ability to approve payments are the County Commissioners. The County Commissioners are responsible for making sure each elected official and department stays within their budgets. I have no knowledge if the sheriff has or has not maxed out his credit cards but that is a good Right to Know Request and it should be directed to the County Controller. I know everyone on here thinks Amber is all powerful but she really has nothing to do with this indiscretion -if there is one with the sheriff-

  4. Ask Amber! says:

    Wouldn’t Amber Martin be responsible for watching the sheriff and his credit card use? Isn’t she the person responsible for auditing everyone and paying the bills???

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