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Thursday, February 06, 2014 9:00 PM

The following individuals appeared in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court this week:

Judge Roger Wilson

Change of plea

On Tuesday, Michael Gregory Johnson, 55, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to passing bad checks, a felony of the fifth degree, before retired Judge Roger Wilson of Champaign County.

Judge Wilson ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for March 19.

Six other charges (two theft counts and four forgery counts), all felonies of the fifth degree, were dismissed by the state for his plea.

Judge Charles Steele


Joshua Cole, 25, Wren, was sentenced on two counts of burglary, each a felony three; and one count of breaking and entering, a felony five.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the first burglay, 30 months in prison for the second burglary and 12 months in prison for the breaking and entering charge. The court ordered those to be served consecutively and gave him credit for 46 days already served. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,169 and $512 to the two victims, plus court costs.

Probation violations

Chad Caldwell, 36, Van Wert, appeared for a probation violation for failing to report to probation. He admitted the violation and was re-sentenced to community control under his original conditions plus 30 days jail. He received credit for five days served. A 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine were deferred.

William L Smith, 37, Delphos, admitted to a probation violation by refusing treatment at The WORTH Center.

His case was continued for sentencing at a later date.


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