Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 27, 2013

Wagoner bond reductions granted

Eight of the nine charged released from jail pending trials.

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune crime reporter

— Howard Superior Court 1 Judge William Menges granted bond reductions Friday for six of the nine Wagoner Clinic employees charged with an array of drug crimes.

After hearing arguments from the defendants’ attorneys in a Thursday hearing, Menges granted clinic owners Drs. Don Wagoner and Marilyn Wagoner motions to allow them to post $100,000 bail, 10 percent of their $1 million cash-only bonds. Both posted bail and were released Friday.

A third doctor charged, Dr. William Terpstra, requested his $1 million bond be reduced to $30,000. Menges denied that request, but did allow Terpstra to pay 10 percent of his $1 million bond. He remained jailed as of Friday afternoon.

Three others, physician assistants Gary Hartman, Thomas Hewitt and John Thomas, also were granted motions and released after posting 10 percent of their $75,000 bonds.

Dr. Robert Brewer, nurse Linda Richards and office manager Michelle Wagner had already been released from jail after posting bail.

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann filed a total of 95 felony charges April 16 against the nine connected with the Kokomo and Burlington clinics following a lengthy investigation alleging they overprescribed or conspired to overprescribe controlled substances to numerous patients.

As conditions of their release, the defendants are not to leave the court’s jurisdiction without permission, cannot practice medicine and must surrender their passports if they have one, according to the ruling.

All nine were ordered to reappear in court July 11 for a pretrial hearing. Trials are set for July 26.

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