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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Former fire chief approved for diversion

  • It appears a former Leavenworth fire chief who was charged with a DUI has been granted a diversion in the case, according to court records.
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  • It appears a former Leavenworth fire chief who was charged with a DUI has been granted a diversion in the case, according to court records.
    Mark DeMaranville had a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, but the case against him has been put on hold as part of the diversion, according to a notation in the court records dated Tuesday.
    A diversion agreement between the prosecution and a defendant can result in a charge being dismissed if the defendant fulfills various obligations.
    The DUI charge against DeMaranville stems from an accident that occurred Sept. 5 in the area of U.S. 73 and Edwards Drive northwest of the city of Leavenworth. When Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene the night of the accident, they reportedly found DeMaranville's motorcycle off the roadway. He was transported to the hospital by a private vehicle, according to information released by the Sheriff's Office.
    A blood alcohol test was performed, but the results were not made public.
    DeMaranville was chief of the Leavenworth Fire Department at the time of the accident. He was removed from the position in November, but he still works for the department as health inspector and safety officer.
    Mark Nietzke now serves as the department's acting chief.
    When DeMaranville was removed as fire chief, city spokeswoman Melissa Bower said it was an ongoing personnel issue and didn't provide further details.
    DeMaranville was injured in the Sept. 5 accident and didn't return to duty until early October.
    Atchison County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman has served as a special prosecutor in the case. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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