Woman’s bond reinstated with warning


Two defendants plead guilty, await sentencing

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Defense attorney J.D. Wagoner, right, speaks during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Also pictured are judge Rocky Coss, left, and prosecutor Anneka Collins.


A Winchester woman’s bond has been reinstated, but with a warning from the judge about future noncompliance.

Kathy Lee Burke, aka Kathy Lee Wiggins, 32, Winchester, has been sitting in jail since last week after Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss revoked her bond, previously set at $5,000, for failing to report to the Adult Parole Authority (APA) as she was ordered.

Defense attorney J.D. Wagoner said in a hearing on Tuesday that Burke’s failure to report to the APA, versus the county probation department, was a misunderstanding.

“Here’s the deal. I told her it was APA,” Coss said to Wagoner. But he said he would reinstate Burke’s $5,000 bond as long as certain conditions are met, the foremost of those being that she pays an additional $100 to cover the costs of subpoenas and court costs associated with an evidentiary hearing that was to be held last week but didn’t happen because of Burke’s inaction with her court-appointed attorney.

Additional conditions are that Burke is to report to the APA as soon as she is released from jail, and that she complies with all APA conditions.

Burke’s bond being reinstated came with a warning from the judge, who said that if he gets a report that Burke is noncompliant her bond will be revoked again and she will go back to jail and “stay there.”

Burke was sentenced to community control in May 2014 after pleading guilty to fifth-degree felony heroin possession. She was ordered to complete treatment at a residential facility earlier this year.

She is scheduled to appear in the court again in early January on alleged probation violations.

In other hearings, Samantha Rapp, 36, of Ray, this week pled guilty to two counts of fifth-degree felony heroin trafficking. Two counts of heroin possession were dismissed as per the plea agreement.

The agreement says the state will recommend community control and treatment when Rapp is sentenced next month.

Donald G. Morris, 52, Bainbridge, pled guilty to third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

According to Coss, with the offense comes a driver’s license suspension of three years to life.

The state in the plea agreement said it will recommend community control and treatment. Morris is set for sentencing in February.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Defense attorney J.D. Wagoner, right, speaks during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Also pictured are judge Rocky Coss, left, and prosecutor Anneka Collins.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Court-pic1.jpgDefense attorney J.D. Wagoner, right, speaks during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Also pictured are judge Rocky Coss, left, and prosecutor Anneka Collins.
Two defendants plead guilty, await sentencing

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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