Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 20, 2013

Owner of drug testing company appears in court


The woman told investigators Gubbins didn’t ask for money or sexual favors, according to court documents.

“She felt that he was in too deep with letting her go and he just continued to not violate her on any of these no shows,” the document states.

Gubbins was released Monday from Grand Traverse County jail on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond set during the arraignment. Stepka said a preliminary hearing is “tentatively” scheduled for Aug. 30, but himself, Haley and Judge Thomas J. Phillips plan to file disqualification orders this week.

Jerome Kole, regional administrator for the State Court Administrative Office in Gaylord, said his office will select a replacement judge to handle the case once the 86th District Court judges sign their disqualification orders. Kole said another district court judge who’s relatively near will likely be appointed so they can be at a scheduled hearing within 14 days.

Gubbins could not be reached for comment.

The felony charges Gubbins faces carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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