Monday, December 22, 2014

Baber facing charges in escape

By The Herald Staff | 3/31/2014

A 31-year-old man who escaped from Franklin County District Court custody and eluded deputies for more than a week made his first court appearance since being recaptured Monday.

Mark Baber, Ottawa, fled court and law enforcement officers March 6 after he was sentenced to serve 60 days in the county jail for a probation violation.

Baber was apprehended by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office March 17 and returned to Franklin County the following day.

For escaping custody, Baber is facing one felony charge of aggravated escape from custody while being held for a felony for his March 6 escape. Baber also is facing one misdemeanor charge of theft of property of services from Feb. 5, 2014, one felony charge of possession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant from Nov. 7, 2013, and one misdemeanor charge of use/possession with intent to use drug paraphenalia into human body, also from Nov. 7, 2013.

During Baber’s appearance Monday, Frederick B. Campbell was appointed as his attorney.

His next appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14 in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St.

Baber remained Monday afternoon in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center with three separate bonds for $750, $20,000 and $2,500.

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