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Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:10 AM

Eight Van Wert individuals indicted by the Van Wert County Grand Jury were arraigned in Common Pleas Court before Judge Charles D. Steele on Wednesday morning. 
Jason L. Burton, 35, Van Wert, was indicted on receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree; and burglary, a felony of the second degree. 
According to a Van Wert City Police Department investigation, Burton allegedly entered a home at 660 Thatcher Street in October 2009, at which time a large quantity of tools and other property was taken. 
Burton entered a not guilty plea to both counts in the indictment. Judge Steele released Burton on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond that included him being placed on electronic monitored house arrest. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Douglas D. Pruden, 36, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated burglary, a felony of the first degree.  
A Van Wert City Police Department investigation alleges Pruden broke into a home of a former girlfriend and violently assaulted her on May 5. 
If convicted of the charge, Burden faces the possibility of a 10-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine. 
Burden was ordered held in the Van Wert County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19.
Jerry A. Dominique, 45, Van Wert, possession of drugs, felony of the fifth degree, entered a not guilty plea, ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond and $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond.
A pretrial hearing is set for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Jarad L. Caldwell, 23, Van Wert, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, $25,000 cash bond along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. 
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Jimmie Vibbert, 40, Van Wert, two counts of domestic violence, felonies of the fourth degree, not guilty plea to both counts. 
Vibbert was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Samantha J. Lacy, 18, Van Wert, one count of theft of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree, not guilty plea. 
Released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Nathan D. Wappelhorst, 28, Van Wert, one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol, a felony of the third degree, released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 
Todd O Lacy, 43, Van Wert, one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, a felony of the fourth degree, with a specification that within the last 20 years he had pleaded guilty to or had been convicted of five or more similar offenses.
Lacy could face a five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine. He was released on a $5,000 personal surety bond and was ordered not to operate any motor vehicle. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 19. 

Sentencing Hearings:
Christopher Longstreth, 35, and Lacy Longstreth, 26, of Paulding, were both placed on one year of community control and charges of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree. 
Both Longstreaths’ were involved in an incident that involved another family member. 
Christopher and Lacy both received similar sentences of community control, must spend 30 days on electronic monitored house arrest, spend an additional 30 days in jail at a time to be determined by their supervision officer, perform 200 hours of community service, complete an anger management program and pay court costs.  
Judge Steele gave both of them a 180-day jail sentence but deferred the imposition of the jail sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program. 
Rafael A. Laverty, 28, Van Wert, was handed a 12-month prison sentence on a charge of aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree. 
According to a Van Wert City Police Department investigation, Laverty, while intoxicated, used a 13-inch butcher knife to assault one of his brothers on Feb. 11. 
Judge Steele found that Laverty was not amenable to community control and handed him the sentence with credit for one day of time he served in the county jail. 
Kelcey L. Frye, 19, Rockford, was placed on two years of community control on a charge of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree. 
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation, Frye allegedly broke into a farm building located on the Van Wert-Mercer County Line Road in September 2009, stealing gas as well as causing damage to the building when he broke into the building. 
Judge Steele placed Frye on two years of community control, he must spend 60 days on electronic monitored house arrest and spend an additional 30 days in jail at a time to be determined by his supervision officer.  Frye was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete any programs recommended. Frye is to have no contact with the victim and is to make restitution to the victim in the amount of $144.92 by Oct. 1. 
Judge Steele also gave Frye an eight-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program.

Change of Plea Hearings:
Robert W. Adkins, 31, Van Wert, Ohio entered a guilty plea to two counts of breaking and entering. 
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation, Adkins allegedly broke into a building at the Woods Golf Course twice during 2008.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 8 a.m. June 30. 
Nathan C. Deam, 33, Van Wert, Ohio entered a plea of guilty to Non-Support of Dependents a felony of the fifth degree. 
Deam then asked to be placed in the Diversion Program at which time he was placed in the program for a one year period. 
Stevie D. Morgan, 29, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to non-support of dependents, a felony of the fifth degree. 
Morgan then asked to be placed in the Diversion Program at which time he was placed in the program for a one year period. 

Treatment in Lieu of Conviction
(Those persons entering the treatment in lieu of conviction program enter a intensive substance abuse rehabilitation program that lasts for at least a year.  The successful completion of the rehab program enables them to not have a criminal record.  They enter guilty pleas to the charge prior to being granted the motion for treatment in lieu, failure to successfully complete the program results in a conviction for the substance abuse offense). 
Travis Dudgeon, 30, Delphos, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree. 
Dudgeon then entered a motion to enter a treatment in lieu of conviction program which was granted by Judge Steele. 
Dudgeon will be in this program for a period of one year and will be under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department.  
Drake D. Hitchcock, 27, Van Wert, entered a guilty pleas to a charge of possession of heroin and possession of drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree.  
Hitchcock then entered a motion to enter a treatment in lieu of conviction program which was granted by Judge Steele. 
Hitchcock will be in this program for a period of one year and will be under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department.

 

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