Defendant lectured on tardiness

Published 10:16 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

Woman pleads in theft case


Judges are not amused by defendants who fail to show up on time for court appearances, a South Point man learned Wednesday.

Chadwick Lee James Workman, 20, of 50 Township Road 1512, was scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. When 9 a.m. rolled around and Workman was still a no-show, Judge D. Scott Bowling issued a bench warrant.

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When Workman did make it to court, it was 9:15 a.m. — 45 minutes late. Bowling was vocal in pointing this out.

“You are failing to appreciate the situation you’re in,” Bowling told Workman. The judge pointed his finger at Workman and added, “If you are so much as five minutes late next time you will go to jail. I will not tolerate this attitude toward the court or any person in this court, you understand me?”

Workman told Bowling he got up and got ready to come but lost track of time. He pleaded not guilty to one count of grand theft through his attorney, Chris Delawder. Bowling set a $25,000 own recognizance (OR) bond and ordered Workman to return — on time — to court Nov. 23 for a pretrial conference. Workman is accused of taking 500 pounds of various metals, both aluminum and copper from Superior Marine in Proctorville.

Also Wednesday, Jamie Lee Adkins, 21, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, theft of a firearm and forgery.

Bowling sentenced her 180 days in jail but suspended that sentence and placed Adkins on four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

Adkins must also complete a course at The Linda Center, a drug and alcohol treatment program.