Four get hearings in Circuit Court

COLUMBIA CITY — Several suspects in drug-related cases and one man charged with sex offenses were in court Tuesday.Whitley County Circuit Court’s docket was full Tuesday to make up for being closed Martin Luther King Day.Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, Kyle Lloyd Barker, 24, and Janel M. Creech, 36, all arrested on methamphetamine charges, came before Judge James Heuer in various stages of their cases while suspected child molester Terry R. Campbell, 64, appeared for a pre-trial conference.Campbell’s court-appointed attorney Brad Voelz told Heuer he would like to continue the pre-trial conference to give him time to go over “additional discovery” that had been recently presented.Heuer granted the request and set the conference for Jan. 31 at 9 a.m.Campbell, who now lists Anderson as his residence, has been charged with two counts of child molesting in connection with alleged incidents that occurred with a five-year-old girl in July, according to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.According to the police report, Campbell lived in Churubusco at the time of the incidents, which the report says occurred between Jan. 1 and July 10 of last year.The charges were filed against Campbell Dec. 3.Barker was arrested Jan. 11 when a routine probation search netted a suspected methamphetamine lab in the downstairs bedroom of his 108 E. Hanna Street home.Barker was initially charged with seven counts, but now faces three felonies and two misdemeanors.Police arrived at Barker’s home just before 4 p.m. Jan. 11, discovered the lab and immediately took him into custody.Barker was assigned a public defender and will return to court Feb. 22. He is being held in Whitley County Jail on $50,000 bond.Weaver was arrested Nov. 16 after a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy.Police say Weaver already had an outstanding warrant and was immediately taken into custody, suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab.Weaver was initially charged with dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and controlled substances as well as failure to comply.Weaver was also accused of possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.In court last week, Weaver’s court-appointed attorney Voelz announced Weaver was seeking the services of another attorney, Warsaw’s Bryon Berry.Weaver showed up Tuesday morning for another pre-trial conference, but without representation.Heuer asked Weaver where his attorney was and Weaver said he didn’t know.“I talked to him Wednesday,” said Weaver.Heuer delayed the conference again, saying Berry is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court for another case Feb 14.“We know he’s scheduled to be here, assuming he files an appearance, we’ll continue this matter then,” said Heuer.Creech was in court for an initial hearing and was assigned Voelz.Creech is charged with several drug-related crimes as well as violating her probation, a charge that was filed prior to the Jan. 3 death of her five-month-old baby.Creech is being held in Whitley County Jail on $50,000 bond.Creech’s alleged accomplice in the crimes, 21-year-old Travis Wonderly, remains at large.Pending results of the baby’s autopsy, no charges have been filed in the baby’s death.Creech is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 22.