On Friday, September 14th Barbara A. Gibbs, 50, of Ottawa appeared in Hodgeman County District Court in regard to drug charges which had been filed following a drug search warrant conducted at her rural Northeast Hodgeman County residence by the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force in January 2012.
The appearance was initially scheduled as a hearing to suppress evidence in that case; however that motion was withdrawn by Gibbs’ attorney, Linda Eckelman, at the beginning of the proceedings. Gibbs, who appeared in the custody of the Hodgeman County Sheriff, is now seeking admission to a drug and alcohol treatment facility prior to her trial and the focus of the hearing shifted towards an attempt to have her $25,000 bond reinstated so that she could attend substance abuse treatment.
Gibbs had recently violated the conditions of her release on bond by being arrested on new drug charges in Franklin County over Labor Day weekend. Gibbs’ bond was revoked by the court following a motion by Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden to revoke her bond after she was charged on 09/01 with possession of drug paraphernalia in Ottawa and then arrested again in Ottawa the very next day for DUI under the influence of drugs.
Gibbs also waived her right to speedy trial during the hearing so that drug and alcohol treatment could become a consideration of the court. At the end of hearing she was remanded back to the custody of Sheriff Ron Ridley to be transferred back to Franklin County to face her charges there. Gibbs will continue to be held without bond on Hodgeman County’s charges at this time.
Jay B. Cohoon, 56, of Jetmore also appeared on Friday to answer to drug charges stemming from a search warrant executed at his home in Jetmore in February 2012. Cohoon entered pleas of “no contest” to charges of possession of methamphetamine and criminal possession of explosives. Once a plea of no contest is entered by a defendant it is treated by the Court as if they had entered a plea of guilty. Cohoon acknowledged in open court that the facts of presented by the State were sufficient for a finding of guilt by a judge or jury. Sentencing in this case has now been set for November 7th