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Judge Steele releases July Van Wert County Common Pleas Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, August 05, 2013 12:00 AM

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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge Charles D. Steele has released the following report of the court’s activities for the month of July.

Sixteen defendants were arraigned on felony criminal charges as a result of indictments issued by the grand jury or bills of information presented by the prosecuting attorney. The court conducted 57 criminal pretrial conferences, 10 defendants were convicted as a result of trial or guilty pleas. Eighteen motion hearings were held. There was no criminal jury trials. Four search warrants were signed by Judge Steele in July.

Fifteen defendants were sentenced to incarceration with the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (WORTH), the Van Wert County Correctional Facility or electronically-monitored house arrest. Two defendants were placed under community control intensive supervision under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department.

The Adult Probation Department supervised a total of 274 probationers presently under community control sanctions and defendants released on bond pending disposition of pending criminal proceedings. There were 400 required reporting visits by probationers and defendants on bond. The department conducted 15 drug tests and there were 96 hours of community service work completed by probationers under supervision of the probation department. Five probationers had his/her probation revoked for violations of community control sanctions. Three defendants had his/her bond revoked for violation of bond conditions. Six probationers successfully completed his/her terms of probation and were released.

The court collected $7,405.32 in fines and court costs. Judge Steele reported 17 civil cases were filed during the month. The court conducted one trial to court, held 26 civil pretrial conferences and heard 12 motions. Four cases were dismissed due to the parties reaching a settlement. Judgment was rendered in five cases. No cases were terminated by summary judgment. There was one case stayed by bankruptcy. There were three civil cases referred to mediation/arbitration. There were no civil jury trials.

Eleven domestic relations cases were filed during the month. Domestic Relations Magistrate Joseph Quatman conducted 22 pretrial conferences and six hearings on motions regarding modification of custody or visitation. No civil protective orders were filed and there were five final divorce or dissolution-of-marriage hearings.

There were no cases referred to mediation regarding issues of custody, visitation and property. The court also heard 12 cases presented by the Child Support Enforcement Agency for collection of delinquent court-ordered child support payments.


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