The Dewey-Humboldt Little League could be forced to cancel its All-Stars postseason tournament team if it's not able to recover money that was allegedly stolen by former treasurer Dawn Whitaker.
"We are not going to be missing any (regular season) games," Dewey-Humboldt Little League President Dale Poole said Tuesday morning. "What really hurts the kids is tournament play later in the year like All-Stars."
Whitaker, 38, allegedly stole more than $7,200 from the league and now faces early disposition court Thursday in the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde on charges of theft and fraudulent schemes.
The $7,200 would've helped pay for district fees, field usage fees, online registration through Pointstreak Sports Technologies and a screen-printing bill.
The league was able to recover $1,400 in missing concessions money, but it still has more than $4,000 in outstanding debt that needs to be taken care of. Poole said he thinks the league will recover the money, as it has a crime insurance policy that covers these kinds of situations.
"I'd say it's pretty good," Poole said of the league's chances of recovering the money. "because the Little League does have a crime insurance policy that we are covered under. We will file the claim with Little League International, who will submit that to the insurance carrier."
Dewey-Humboldt Little League will also hold a yard sale at the Mortimer Family Farm Saturday, June 9 starting at 8 a.m. Items donated will help raise money to cover league costs. If there is anyone that needs help moving items or has any other questions, they should contact Poole at 533-1170. The farm is located at the corner of Highway 69 and 169.
The league also plans to organize a charity car wash in the coming weeks, but hasn't set a date yet.
Additionally, Freedom Station has donated concessions for the league to utilize.
"All support will be greatly appreciated and we will get through this," Poole said. "Dewey-Humboldt will get through this and we look forward to the future."
Whitaker was replaced by Kim Millard Saturday during an emergency league meeting. She was the former league assistant secretary and her kids also play in the league.
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Thank you for posting that "Tax Payer" I also find it horrendous that HUSD charges our little league a usage fee! The town of Dewey-Humboldt has no fields for the kids to use and we are left at the mercy of HUSD in order for our kids to even be able to play ball at all. Our kids need these activities to better their lives and keep them out of trouble! Shame on you HUSD for doing what you do to our kids you supposedly care about!!!
Another gripe with them...they can afford to give our kindergarten children graduations but not our 6th graders who are actually graduating??? VERY SAD the priorities of our school districts!
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Did anyone catch the field usage fee? Thank you HUSD for charging YOUR kids to use a terribly unsafe field that you do nothing to improve. I'm sure its better to make it impossible for the children to be apart of after school activities than drink and get into drugs.