CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clendenin couple landed in trouble in Kanawha Circuit Court Wednesday over their children's school absences.
Those absences --15 days for their 7-year-old and 17 days for a 10-year-old -- were brought to the attention of Circuit Judge Duke Bloom, who is bringing parents to court in truancy cases.
Craig Rogers pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days probation and must participate in the county Day Report program. He was fined $100 plus $322 in court costs and will have to do 10 days of community service.
"I should have got 'em there," he said, citing drug problems and work issues.
Bloom warned him that any more absences could mean Rogers spends time in jail.
His wife, Callie Rogers, failed to arrive for the hearing. The case was delayed nearly 45 minutes after Craig Rogers said she dropped him off at the courthouse door and went to find parking.
She never appeared and a capias was issued for her arrest.
"I think she has bolted, and is on the run," said Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach. "She was afraid she would go to jail today."
Callie Rogers is serving time on home confinement after being convicted of burglary and fraudulent schemes. Craig Rogers is also facing burglary charges.