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Doctor released on own recognizance

Dr. John H. Dumbolton of Sunnyside refused extradition in Yakima County Superior Court and was released on his own recognizance Wednesday, July 14.

Dumbolton was arrested on an outstanding warrant Monday evening at his Sunnyside home. The warrant was issued by the Clay County, Mo. Sheriff's office. The warrant stems from the Clay County children and family services department, which alleges Dumbolton owes unpaid child support.

Dumbolton took over Dr. Lloyd Butler's family practice located on Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside earlier this year.

In Missouri, unpaid child support over $5,000 is a class D felony, which is what Dumbolton is facing, according to Jim Robertson, a spokesman for the Clay County Prosecutor's Office. If found guilty of a class D felony, Dumbolton could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. He added that the state has the power to suspend everything from a professional license to a driver's license, if a person refuses to pay child support.

Robertson said he is unsure of how much Dumbolton owes in child support, but that historically, the judge will set the bail on or about the amount owed. Dumbolton's bail in Missouri is $75,000.

The case involves one child under the age of 18, who lives with her mother most of the year in Missouri.

Robertson said that Dumbolton had two choices in the extradition process. If he didn't fight extradition a representative from the Clay County Sheriff's Office would have traveled to Washington to escort him back to Missouri.

Fighting extradition, Dumbolton was released from jail.

According to the Yakima County Prosecutor's office, Washington state is requesting that Missouri starts the process of obtaining a government warrant.

A fugitive status hearing in Yakima County Superior Court is scheduled for Aug. 10.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mdekker@eaglenewspapers.com

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