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Monday, April 19, 2010 8:20 AM

Two individuals were sent to prison Wednesday morning after appearing before Judge Charles D. Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court: 
Jonathan A. Howden, 22, Van Wert, was sentenced to two three year terms on two separate counts of Burglary, and two twelve month prison terms on two separate counts of Breaking and Entering along with a twelve month prison term for Identity Fraud, all sentences are to be served concurrently with one another. 
Howden had been involved in a number of home invasions in November and December 2009, alone with two separate breaking and entering that took place in December 2007 and November 2009.  
Judge Steele found that Howden was not amenable to community control and that prison was consistent as part of sentencing. Howden did have a prior criminal history. 
Howden was ordered to make restitution of $1,000 to Barb’s Party Shop, Convoy, Ohio, $500 to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and $3,500 to a family on Tile Factory Road that was the victim of a residential burglary. 
The Prosecutor’s Office recommend a three year sentence on the burglaries to run concurrently for the cooperation shown by Howden in the investigation of the crimes which also resulted in the arrest of others. 
Charday Gary, 19, Fort Wayne, Ind., was given a month prison sentence for violating her community control and given credit for 69 days that she has already served awaiting final disposition of her case. 
Gary along with other females from the Fort Wayne area were responsible for the theft of cell phone equipment in January of 2009 from the Centel Cellular located in Van Wert. 

Grand Jury Arraignments
Karen K. Murphy, 36, Portland, Ind., plea of not guilty to deception to obtain dangerous drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. Released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Gail Craig, 42, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to illegal use of food stamps, a felony of the fifth degree. Released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Otto G. Masters, III, 21, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to aggravated burglary, a felony of the first degree. Masters was ordered held 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. April 21. 
Stevie Morgan, 29, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to non-support of dependents, a felony of the fifth degree. Morgan was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Robert W. Adkins, 31, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, both counts are felonies of the fifth degree. Adkins was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Haley J. Moser, 19, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, both counts are felonies of the fifth degree. Moser was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond of $5,000 with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Sandra Hughes, 62, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to possession of cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree. Hughes was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Randy J. Conley, 39, Delphos, plea of not guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, a felony of the third degree. Conley entered a not guilty plea and ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. Prosecutor Kennedy read a letter to the court that Conley allegedly sent to a former girl friend in Kentucky alleging that when he got out he was going to cause her harm with a firearm. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Benjamin Hurley, 30, Van Wert, plea of not guilty to theft from an elderly person, a felony of the third degree. Hurley was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
William M. Osborne, 35, Middle Point, plea of not guilty to domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. Osborne was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal bond. A previous no contact order was removed at the request of the victim. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21. 
Craig A. Mason, 21, Delphos, not guilty plea to a charge of theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Mason was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. April 21.

 

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