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Two Charged In Dallas Tavern Robbery

DALLAS -- The Sheridan couple charged in the October armed robbery of Tony's Place in Dallas both appeared in Polk County court late last month.

DALLAS -- The Sheridan couple charged in the October armed robbery of Tony's Place in Dallas both appeared in Polk County court late last month.

Matthew G. Buswell, 29, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing in the robbery.

Matthew G. Buswell

His co-defendant, Cassandra Maughan, was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree theft for reportedly assisting Buswell in committing the crime.

Maughan appeared for a pretrial hearing before Polk County Circuit Court Judge Monte Campbell Feb. 23, however her lawyer and attorney's representing the Polk County District Attorney's Office met in Campbell's chambers. Maughan is due back in court in May for a pretrial conference.

Cassandra Maughan

Buswell, who had been held in Yamhill County on unrelated charges, was arraigned Feb. 8. His latest court appearance was Feb. 28. His case has been assigned to Polk County Circuit Court Judge William Horner and his next court date is Monday.

According to police and court records, on Oct. 20, 2011, Buswell, armed with a handgun, took at least $1,000 from Tony's Place just before closing.

The pair were indicted by a Polk County grand jury on Dec. 14. Police arrested Buswell on Dec. 15. Maughan was arrested on the charges Dec. 21 and subsequently released from the Polk County Jail on Jan. 19.

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