10/5/11 – The former Treasurer of the Lowell-Reeseville First Responders was arraigned Tuesday on charges that she embezzled money from the organization. Sheri Ritter of Reeseville stood mute and the court entered a “not guilty” plea on her behalf. The 40-year-old is charged with a felony count of Theft In A Business Setting, which carries a maximum prison sentence of three-and-a-half years. According to the criminal complaint, a report uncovered irregularities in the group’s financial records and Ritter admitted the thefts on the record during a subsequent meeting. Nearly $3000 from the First Responders business account was allegedly used for Ritter’s personal finances, to pay for car loans, cable bills and phone bills. The offenses date back to last October with the most recent occurring in March of this year. Ritter is scheduled to be back in court next week.