An Eldorado Springs, Mo., woman has been bound over for trial on charges stemming from a woman's efforts to help her after an accident.
Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel bound Rachelle Nance, 32, over for trial at the end of a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
According to published reports, Angela Cotton testified Tuesday that she saw an accident March 12 near Route K and Maple Drive west of Neosho. She reportedly said a vehicle driven by Nance nearly struck her car — with her two young children in the vehicle — then went into a ditch. Cotton said when she stopped to check on Nance, Nance reportedly got into Cotton's car and ordered her to drive, saying someone was trying to kill her.
Cotton asked if she could drive to Racine to get help, but Nance refused. Cotton said she tried to call 911 on her cell phone, but Nance grabbed it and ended the call. Cotton said she was able to stop at the Racine Fire Department, but Nance grabbed her keys. While Nance tried unsuccessfully to start Cotton's car, Cotton reportedly told the court, she ran to the Racine Post Office to get help. Nance then chased her to the building, Cotton testified.
At about that time, Newton County deputy Chad Duehring pulled up and took Nance into custody. The deputy testified that at the time of her arrest, Nance appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He added that drug paraphernalia, a used syringe, was found in her pocket.
Nance allegedly slipped out of a pair of handcuffs and climbed out of the back of a patrol car while in custody.
Nance faces charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, felonious restraint, attempted escape, operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner and not wearing a seat belt.
Hearings in the case have been set for 1:15 p.m. July 23 in Stremel's courtroom, located in the basement of the Newton County Courthouse.
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A Neosho man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl will be back in court early next month.
Robert A. Herrin is slated to appear in Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Judge Greg Stremel's courtroom at 9 a.m. July 9 for a pre-trial conference. Herrin is being represented by Kellie Lyn Duckering, an assistant public defender.
According to a probable cause affidavit, officers were sent to Herrin's home in the 400 block of North Valley on May 26 in response to a man in bed with a 15-year-old girl. Upon arrival, the officer saw a man and a young girl in bed. The girl was unconscious and paramedics were called. The affidavit said the girl smelled of alcohol and tested positive for marijuana. She was taken to the Children's Center in Joplin. In an interview there, she told officials she didn't remember engaging in sexual activity with Herrin. However, a witness said he saw Herrin and the girl having sex.
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