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Pulaski County Circuit Court Reports, 6/25/2009
Officials with the Pulaski County Circuit Court have reported the following actions in recent cases:

Leslie Bernard Howard, 55, of Oregon City, Ore., appeared with the public defender for a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class C felony charge of second-degree burglary accusing him of unlawfully entering the ATR Building in Richland for the purpose of stealing on April 13. Prosecutors presented evidence; the defense presented no evidence. Associate Circuit Judge Colin Long found probable cause to believe the defendant may be guilty of a felony and bound him over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Joseph C. Esparza, 20, of Dixon, appeared with the public defender for a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class D felony charge of escape from custody accusing him of escaping after arrest on May 6 for a felony charge of forgery. Prosecutors presented evidence; the defense presented no evidence. Judge Long found probable cause to believe the defendant may be guilty of a felony and bound him over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Rick Griffith, 38, of Dixon, appeared with the public defender for a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class A felony charge of first-degree assault, a felony charge of armed criminal action, a Class B felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and a Class D felony charge of hindering prosecuting accusing him of knowingly causing serious physical injury by shooting a man on April 25 by discharging a firearm from a vehicle and threatening bodily harm to a woman if she told anyone that Griffith had shot the victim. Prosecutors presented evidence; the defense presented no evidence. Judge Long found probable cause to believe the defendant may be guilty of a felony and bound him over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Carmen L. Hayes, 19, of Waynesville, appeared with the public defender for a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class B felony charge of first-degree burglary accusing her of entering an apartment in the Brookview Apartments in Waynesville on April 13 for the purpose of committing assault and threatening immediate physical injury to a woman. Prosecutors presented evidence; the defense presented no evidence. Judge Long found probable cause to believe the defendant may be guilty of a felony and bound him over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Brian Radford, 20, of St. James, appeared with attorney John Farris and waived a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class C felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, and a Class D felony charge of possession of a methamphetamine precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, both on March 31. Judge Long bound the defendant over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Kathleen A. Bevacqua, 57, of St. Robert, appeared with her attorney, John Farris, and waived a June 25 preliminary hearing on two Class C felony charges of stealing and forgery accusing her of taking a credit card belonging to another person and completing a credit card receipt so it appeared to have been made by another, both on July 30, 2008. Judge Long bound the defendant over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

Michael Leon Warren, 37, of Waynesville, appeared with the public defender and waived a June 25 preliminary hearing on a Class A felony charge of distributing a controlled substance near schools and a Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute accusing him of selling heroin to an unspecified person on Broadway Street in Waynesville within 2,000 feet of Waynesville Middle School on April 11 and possessing heroin on April 12. Judge Long bound the defendant over to circuit court for a July 8 arraignment.

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