Offers extended Thursday to four charged in July cocaine case

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By Shannon Brock

Four Spencer Countians facing charges that came as a result of a cocaine bust in Taylorsville in July 2012 appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
Raymond Birdsong, 62, and Margaret F. Tingle, 76, both of Hardin Court, were indicted on charges of first-degree complicity trafficking in a controlled substance-cocaine, first-degree illegal possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Terrence E. Gilbert, 48, and Patricia Hagan, 38, both of Gray’s Run Road, were indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance-cocaine (first offense), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Gilbert also faces a receiving stolen property-firearm charge.
All four of the defendants were scheduled for disposition hearings on Thursday, and their attorney, public defender Stephen Wright, requested another hearing be scheduled at a later date.
“We’ve received an offer and there’s a reasonable chance we’ll take it,” Wright said.
Judge Charles Hickman obliged and scheduled all four defendants for disposition hearings on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.
In Tingle’s case, Wright noted that Tingle’s purse, containing her Medicare card, was seized when the four were originally arrested, and asked that that card be returned to her.

Also in Circuit Court on Thursday:
•Robert Anthony Divine, 33, was on the docket for a disposition hearing, but no agreement could be reached between Divine and the Commonwealth’s Attorney. A trial was set for Divine for April 8 and 9 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest. With all of those charges, the victim was under 12 years old, according to court records.
Divine’s final pretrial conference was set for March 21 at 9 a.m.
•A trial date was set for Charles C. Goins on charges of incest. Goins is scheduled for a jury trial in Jefferson County in June and his attorney requested the Spencer County trial be scheduled after that date.
Goins’ trial in Spencer County was set for July 18-19 with a final pretrial conference on June 20.
•Larry T. Wayne Jr., 23, of Yoder Tipton Road, is facing manufacturing methamphetamine-related charges and was not in court Thursday because he was finishing up a treatment program in Louisville, according to his father.
Wayne’s father was present Thursday and Hickman granted him permission to bring Wayne home following his treatment and set a status hearing in the case for Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.