Rapid Removal officials have case assigned to Division One of circuit court

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Two officials of Rapid Removal Disposal Incorporated have waived preliminary hearings in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court.

The cases against 57-year-old James Watje and 47-year-old Cheri Kelley – both of Kansas City – have been assigned to Division One of the Circuit Court.

Arraignments before Circuit Court Judge Jack Peace are scheduled December 15 at the courthouse in Trenton.

An investigation led by an Assistant Attorney General led to multiple counts being filed against the two officials.

Watje and Ms. Kelley each face six counts of criminal disposal of solid waste. Both also have five counts of forgery. Charges were filed in Grundy County in September of last year.

At that time, each was accused of allegedly knowingly disposing of more than 100 cubic feet of commercial solid waste in a location other than at a solid waste processing facility or a solid waste disposal area having a permit that’s regulated by law.

In addition, they are accused of forging billing receipts from St. Joseph Sanitary Landfill to make it look as though the receipts had come from the landfill and that the waste had been disposed of at the landfill.

Court records indicate the alleged incidents were on various dates in 2012 and 2013.