By the time Kenneth Leslie Sherrill of Crab Orchard darkened the doors of the courtroom, visiting Judge John Wooten had already issued a forfeiture and capias with orders to hold without him bond until the next scheduled court date for failure to appear.

Sherrill had some explaining to do. He was to appear at 9 a.m. to answer a charge of theft more than $10,000 in connection with field stone that had come up missing.

The judge wanted to know why Sherrill was late. The defendant said taking children to Head Start classes made him tardy. Judge Wooten was not impressed.

He sentenced Sherrill to two days in jail for being late, but suspended the sentence with a warning. Wooten continued the case until Oct. 16 at which time Sherrill is to return to court, on time, with an attorney. Court starts at 9 a.m., Wooten told the defendant.

Then he gave Sherrill some advice. He might want to arrive at court at 8:30 a.m., just to be safe.

In other cases, the following took place:

•Anna Marie Abraham, child abuse, continued until Sept. 15 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•John Thomas Altum, manufacturing less than .5 grams of methamphetamine, Kevin Poore appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 27.

•Christopher M. Grainger, second offense driving on a revoked license, continued until Sept. 15 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Joseph B. Hodgin, manufacturing more than 20 marijuana plants, continued until Sept. 27.

•Calvin Arnold Paul, possession of more than .5 grams of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 27.

•Matthew James Savage, driving on a revoked license, continued until Sept. 15 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Susan R. Franklin, money laundering, continued until Sept. 15.

•Bruce Jacob Norton, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, continued until Nov. 20.

•Jason Sherrill, theft more than $500, vandalism less than $500 and joyriding, continued until Sept. 27 for a motion hearing.

•Franklin Shawn Welch, theft more than $1,000, second offense driving under the influence, simple possession of marijuana and driving on a revoked license, continued until Sept. 15.

•Michael H. Carr, convicted of aggravated assault, motion to be moved from supervised probation to unsupervision is approved. Carr has served under house arrest two and one-half years of his three-year sentence with no problems on probation.

•Monica Manning Latham, aggravated assault, continued until Sept. 27.

•Danny L. Robbins, motion to waive fines and court costs in attempt to manufacture methamphetamine case denied when defendant failed to appear in court on behalf of his motion.

•Leonard J. Smith, driving under the influence, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear in court. Bond set at the amount of cash equalling fine and court costs due.

•Cherie Lynn Reid, motion to reduce $50,000 bond in multiple theft cases granted; new bond set at $25,000.