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Warrant issued for woman arrested last week who failed to show up in court

Maranda Burch

Maranda Burch

A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of a rural Bloomfield woman who was arrested last week and bonded out of jail, but failed to show up in court for her initial hearing.

Maranda Denise Burch, 30, Bloomfield, was first arrested last Thursday, June 21, booked in around 6:30 p.m. on a preliminary charge of disorderly conduct – engaging in fighting or tumultuous conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

Deputies were first dispatched to check on Burch the day before she was arrested.

Greene County Sheriff’s Detective Shawn Cullison responded along with GCSD Deputies David Elmore and Zachary Goad in the evening of Wednesday, June 20 because a welfare check was requested by someone from the Department of Child and Family Services. They reported Burch had sent them messages that she did not have any food or water.

In a probable cause affidavit filed in this case, Det. Cullison said they located Burch in a camper parked next to a family member’s house in rural Bloomfield. Cullison said Burch appeared to be intoxicated but she did have access to food and water. They spoke with the residents who said they would try to watch her for the night.

Late the next afternoon, on Thursday, June 21, Det. Cullison and Deputy Elmore returned because the residents called in saying Burch was out of control, screaming, and she had tried to physically attack one of them.

Cullison said Burch was yelling inside the camper when they arrived and he learned she was upset over a custody case involving her children. The detective said the camper was in disarray, she was visibly intoxicated and continued to scream profanity as he attempted to speak with her. The residents were afraid Burch would try to fight with them again if deputies left.

Burch was taken into custody by Det. Cullison for disorderly conduct that included fighting with a family member. He said once in his patrol car, she continued to try to kick the dash then later was uncooperative with jail staff.

Her bond was set at $500 surety with ten percent allowed. She posted $50 cash and was released later that evening.

Her initial hearing was scheduled on Monday at 1 p.m.