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Several criminal cases The Spencer Magnet has been following were on the Spencer Circuit Court docket last Thursday. Here are the updates in those cases:
•Karen Cook, 39, of the 100 block of West Main Street in Taylorsville, is facing meth-related charges and appeared in court last Thursday for a hearing.
Cook was taken into custody, at least temporarily, because the person who put up her surety bond, withdrew it and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Cook’s attorney, Public Defense Attorney Stephen Wright, said his client had additional family members present who were will to sign a new surety bond.
Judge Charles Hickman said the arrest warrant would be served on Cook in the courtroom, she would be taken to the jail for a drug test and if it came back clean, he would allow her to be released on the new surety bond.
Cook is back on the docket for a disposition hearing on Sept. 26 at 9 a.m.
•Benjamin Mobley, 59, of the 2100 block of Murphy Lane, was in the courtroom for a disposition hearing last Thursday, but the special prosecutor assigned to the case was in trial in another county and was unable to be present.
Mobley faces charges of criminal attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment in a March 2012 incident with his then-girlfriend.
The court date was rescheduled for Nov. 21 at 9 a.m.
•Robert Michael Howard, 42, of the 100 block of Cull Road, was on the docket last Thursday and his attorney sought to have his bond reduced.
Wright, the public defense attorney, told Hickman that Howard had been evaluated by pretrial services as low-risk, and said Howard could post a property bond.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Nutgrass pointed out that Howard was being held on Class A felony charges, which include first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse involving a child under 12 years old and six counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Hickman asked for Howard’s pretrial interview and said he would take the request into consideration.
•Chad M. Rahrig, 37, previously of Taylorsville, received a trial date of Feb. 12 and 13, with a final pretrial conference date of Jan 23.
Rahrig is charged with two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, one count of tampering with physical evidence and five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
He was present with his attorney, John Helmers.
The February trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
•Larry T. Wayne, 24, of Yoder Tipton Road, was also in court last Thursday.
His attorney told Hickman he had reached an agreement with Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell and asked for a disposition hearing to be set at the foot of the docket on an upcoming date.
That hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Wayne faces meth-related charges from a bust in April 2012.