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Thursday, March 08, 2012 2:35 PM

The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles D. Steele Van Wert County Common Please Court:

Michael D. Closson, 62, Delphos, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with two counts of gross sexual imposition.
According to a Delphos City Police investigation, Closson allegedly had sexual contact with a young female twice during 2011.
Closson was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with an order to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Each count of gross sexual imposition carries a maximum prison sentence of 60 months.
A pretrial has been set for March 21.
Ian D. Taylor, 18, was indicted five counts of theft; all counts  were felonies of the fifth degree. Taylor also was indicted on four counts of breaking and entering, all felonies of the fifth degree. The indictment also charged him with trespassing in a place of habitation, a felony of the fourth degree, along with burglary, a felony of the second degree.
Taylor was arrested by the Van Wert City Police Department after a rash of thefts and breaking and entering crimes in the southwest section of the city. The thefts took place from the first part of February to approximately the middle of February.
Taylor entered not guilty pleas to all counts in the indictment, was ordered held a $100,000 together with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. 
A pretrial has been scheduled for March 14.
Larry R. Brown, 63, Delphos, was sentenced to three years of community control  on a charge of assault to a police officer.
According to a Delphos Police report, Brown allegedly assaulted a Delphos officer in July 2011. The police were called to the Brown residence for a domestic situation at which time the assault took place.
Judge Steele ordered that Brown pay court costs and be placed on electronic monitored house arrest for 60 days and Brown a six-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the prison sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program.
Shay Ringwald, 23, Middle Point, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of possession of heroin, a felony of the fourth degree.
Ringwald was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing being scheduled for March 21.
Cycle J. Black, 25, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a negotiated plea of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.
Black had been arrested after he allegedly sold drugs to an undercover agent working for the Van Wert City Police Department in August 2011.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for April 3.
Jimmy D. Vibert, was sentenced to spend 180 days in the Van Wert County Jail on a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Judge Steele found that Vibbert was not a candidate for community control because of his past record before sentencing him to spend 180 days in jail. Vibbert was granted work release if he is fully employed and qualifies for work release, he was also ordered to pay all costs associated with his court case.
Damian J. Smith, 19, Elgin, was sentenced to spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail on a charge of theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
According to a Van Wert City Police investigation, Smith, while employed for Walmart, was found to be stealing merchandise from the store in November.
Smith will serve up to one year on community control, must pay all costs associated with his case and, make restitution in the amount of $1,000 to Walmart.
Judge Steele gave Smith a 180-day jail sentence and a fine of $1,000 but deferred the imposition of the jail and fine pending the successful completion of community control.
Ryan J. Schaadt, Van Wert, had the conditions of his personal surety bond revoked and was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond.
According to the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department, Schaadt had violated the conditions of bond by testing positive for the use of opiates and failing to report to a rehabilitation clinic.
Judge Steele ordered him held until immediately prior to him having arrangements made for entry into the rehabilitation clinic.
Tanisha Agler, 21, Buckland, was sentenced to a basic prison term of 12 months on a charge of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree.
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation, Agler, along with others, broke into the Electric Polishing Company in Venedocia in July 2011. 
Agler is presently servicing a prison sentence from Allen County and one from Auglaize County for similar offenses. 
Judge Steele gave her the 12-month prison sentence which is to run concurrently with the sentences of Allen and Auglaize counties.
Colt A. Morris, 25, Lima, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of robbery, a felony of the third degree.
Morris was responsible for the robber of the Pak N Sac Nov. 1, at which time approximately $226 in cash was taken.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for April 18.
Morris is currently being held in Allen County Jail for similar offenses.

 

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