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www.wmfd.com - The woman accused of raising money for the Washington Township firefighter who lost both legs when pinned between two trucks at a fire scene, then turning around and sending him a $1,700 bill for her services, was in court Wednesday. }}" />

   
 
 
Fundraiser For Firefighter Seeking Diversion Again

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/11/2013

The woman accused of raising money for the Washington Township firefighter who lost both legs when pinned between two trucks at a fire scene, then turning around and sending him a $1700 bill for her services, was in court Wednesday. 47-year-old Donna Payne was scheduled for sentencing on a fifth-degree felony charge, after being rejected from the Richland County prosecutor's diversion program for refusing to take responsibility for her actions. But Common Pleas Judge James Henson said she would be re-considered if she would show contrition. She turned and told Joe Tadijanac she was sorry, did not mean to hurt him, and was just trying to help him. Tadijanic did not specifically say if he supports Payne being reconsidered for diversion, but implied he did not. He said the stress this situation has put on him was "not okay", and he "did not need this". Payne returns to court in two weeks for either final approval for diversion, or if rejected again, for sentencing. As long as they were at the courthouse, Joe and his fiance Andrea Weaver picked-up their marriage license for their October fifth wedding.

   
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