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Jail crasher pleads not guilty

CONYERS -- The woman charged with driving her car in to the new Rockdale County Jail expansion and the man accused of molesting three female relatives were scheduled for calendar call Wednesday in Superior Court with the chance of trials beginning the next week.

Kimberly Mathis Calbert, 34, was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 8, 2008, for driving her 2000 Dodge Durango into the front entrance of the jail, at Sigman Industrial Court. The crash occurred the morning after county officials held a grand opening of the $23 million expansion.

Calbert was found in possession of oxycodone, violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Damages to the jail were more than $500, according to the court documents.

Other charges included failure to stop at a red light, interference with government property and criminal damage to property in the second degree. Calbert entered a not guilty plea Aug. 6, waiving formal arraignment, and requested a jury trial Aug. 17.

Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation will have the criminal calendar call Wednesday, with 47 other cases on schedule. Those defendants who plead guilty will move to a bench trial. Non-guilty pleads will be scheduled a jury trial.

In other cases, Edward Paul Wood is scheduled to faces charges involving three counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of aggravated sodomy.

Wood, 72, was arrested April 23 for allegedly engaging in sexual acts and exposing himself to his 10-year-old and 11-year-old granddaughters and, at the time, four-year-old great granddaughter.

According to the grand jury indictments, Wood allegedly molested his granddaughters between 2003 and 2004.

A psychiatric evaluation was ordered Oct. 8 to determine if Wood was competent to stand trial and was competent or delusional during the time of the alleged offenses.

Wood pleaded not guilty to the indictment and waived his right to a formal arraignment Sept. 3.

Motions in both cases were satisfied from both the state and defense attorneys.

Calendar calls have the possibility of lasting through Thursday and Friday. Trials are not likely to take place the week of Dec. 21 because of the holiday, so those trials before then would likely be the less complicated cases.