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Two in district court Friday; two indicted

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By Shannon Brock

The former Spencer County Middle School teacher and coach accused of breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will appeared in Spencer District Court on Friday.
Todd Andrew Bonds, 36, of the 200 block of East Main Street in Taylorsville, appeared before Special Judge Matthew Eckert, and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing.
However, Bonds waived his right to a hearing Friday and another preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Bonds is charged with first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment.
He resigned from his position at SCMS  shortly after his arrest.
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Jacqualine A. Ballinger, 43, of the 300 block of Washington Street, was on Friday’s docket for a preliminary hearing, as well.
Ballinger faces four felony counts of attempting/obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/faulse statement/forgery.
Ballinger’s case was waived to the grand jury.
She also faces 23 felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly stealing more than $12,000 from a local senior citizen’s checking account. That case is currently making its way through circuit court.
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Kenneth W. Baumgardner and Amanda R. Baumgardner, both of Binkley Lane in Bloomfield, were indicted Jan. 10 for planting, cultivating or harvesting marijuana with intent to sell or transfer five plants or more while in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree while in possession of a firearm, trafficking in marijuana while in possession of a firearm, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia while in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of a controlled substance.
These alleged crimes occurred on or about Aug. 1, 2012, and stem from an incident where both Kenneth and Amanda were busted by Kentucky State Police for an indoor marijuana grow that included  76 plants.