Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arrest warrant issued in fraud case

Hailey woman fails to appear for district court arraignment


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Judge Robert J. Elgee ordered an arrest warrant issued Monday for a Hailey woman accused of going on a bad-check writing spree earlier this year.

The warrant was ordered for 33-year-old Bridgette K. Baird after she failed to appear for arraignment in Blaine County 5th District Court on three felony charges and her court-appointed attorney told the judge that he didn't know her whereabouts.

"I haven't been able to reach her to inform her of the hearing today because she hasn't kept in touch with me," said Hailey attorney Douglas Werth.

"I would give her more time if I thought it would do any good," Elgee said. "If you hear from her, I'll quash the warrant, if she'll appear."

Baird has been charged with three felony counts of knowingly issuing insufficient-funds checks in excess of $250. In a case investigated by Hailey police, Baird is accused of issuing a bad check for $857.10 on March 25 to the North & Co. apparel store in Hailey and another for $370.88 on March 24 to the Toy Store in Hailey.

She is also charged with issuing two checks on March 24 to King's department store in Hailey, one for $209.46 and the other for $239.69.

She was charged with the crimes in May. According to court records, she was not arrested then but was issued a felony summons instead.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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