Felony charges against an elected Huron public official mounted early Thursday after a scuffle earlier this week resulted in injuries inflicted on a corrections officer.
Sheriff Jack Laurie said Carol S. Fowler, 48, Huron, refused to cooperate on Monday, July 2, with Atchison County Jail staff instructions to dress and complete the booking process. Corrections officers then tried to remove her jewelry and personal items. A struggle ensued; Fowler bit a corrections officer’s thumb and broke the bone, Laurie said. A deputy was also injured as a result of the incident.
Laurie said both officers required medical treatment. Both officers followed county protocol and went to the hospital and returned back to work that same day.
As a result of this incident and a Friday, June 29, scuffle, Fowler faces three total felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer charge and a charge of interference with law enforcement.
Fowler has been jailed since the June 29 incident, which saw harm done to two sheriff’s deputies, one of whom suffered a bleeding injury. On that day, deputies originally sought to arrest Fowler on an outstanding Atchison County District Court warrant.
Rather than comply, Fowler hit, scratched and kicked at them, Laurie said. The deputies used a Taser to subdue her. No deputies required medical care for otherwise superficial injuries, Laurie said.
Fowler had been expected to be in district court on Monday, July 2, in relation to the June 29 incident. The court rescheduled her appearance to later in the week on account of her emotional, mental and/or physical condition.
Atchison County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman later filed the new charges linked to the July 2 incident. Fowler heard the additional charges announced Thursday, July 5 in district court and a $10,000 bond amount on each count was set. The initial bond had been set at $5,000, in addition to $343 linked to the warrant in the June 29 incident. The current bond total is $25,343.
Fowler is tentatively scheduled for a return to the courtroom for the 1 p.m. criminal docket on Monday, July 9, in district court.
As of Friday morning, Fowler remained on file with the Atchison County Clerk’s Office as a member of the Huron City Council. She won the seat on the merit of two votes in the November 2017 general election, with her term set to commence in January. Atchison County Clerk Michelle Phillips and her staff have confirmed there has been no notification received otherwise