Rape suspect appears in court
Dallas Michael Hartson, 19, from Blackfoot appeared before Magistrate Judge Charles Roos Thursday for his preliminary hearing.
Hartson is charged with rape with a female under the age of 16. It is alleged the perpetrator is 18 years of age or older.
Defense attorney Ron Bird requested a reduction of Hartson's bond.
Prosecuting attorney Randy Smith countered, asking Judge Roos to increase Hartson's bond for two reasons.
First, Hartson was ordered to provide a DNA sample which he has refused to do until his attorney was present, which is his legal right.
"We can take a DNA sample from his mouth today or take him to Bingham Memorial Hospital to get a blood sample," Smith said.
The defendant agreed to have his mouth swabbed Thursday.
Second, when using the phone in the prison, Hartson was recorded telling family members that when he was released, he was going into hiding.
Judge Roos set Hartson's bond at $250,000. He will appear before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21.
TYRELL EVEN CHENEY: Shelley High School senior Tyrell Evan Cheney, age 18, pleaded guilty guilty to unlawful entry. Cheney was initially charged with felony burglary.
"This is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1,000 or six months in jail or both," said Judge Roos.
"He's a good young man who made a bad call," said defense attorney Trevor Castleton. "We are asking for supervised probation in this case."
Judge Roos gave Cheney a withheld judgment and supervised probation for one year. Cheney must pay $45 each month for this supervised probation. This is a substantial decrease over the normal $75 per month for that service.
Jail time of 180 days was suspended.
Cheney must complete 80 hours of community service at a cost of 60 cents per hour. That cost will give Cheney workmen's compensation insurance so he is covered when doing community service, the judge said.
Cheney must also write a letter to his victims. The letter must first be approved by his probation officer. Cheney is to have no contact other than an incidental meeting with the victims.
His expenses will accrue but Cheney is not required to pay his assessed fines until he gets a summer job to pay them.
ARMANDO SILVAS: Charged with destruction of evidence and burglary, Judge Roos released Armando Silvas, age 18, on his own recognizance.
Silvas is to report to pre-trial services and must sign a waiver of extradition. Because this crime is alleged to be a residential burglary, Silvas was given a no contact order to stay away from the alleged victims. Silvas will appear before Judge Simpson at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21.
Judge Roos issued warrants for the arrest of Michelle Larock and Kenneth Rabbitt who did not appear in court. Bail was set at $25,000, cash or surety, day or night.
Larock is charged with burglary; Rabbitt is charged with fraud.