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Friday, November 26, 2010 10:14 PM

The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:

Steven K. Roeder, 46, Spencerville, was sentenced to three years of community control and given a basic prison term of one year with the imposition deferred pending the successful completion of the community control. 
Roeder was arrested by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department after an tip was received he was cultivating marijuana in Jennings Township in south eastern Van Wert County last summer. Deputies recovered 67 marijuana plants after searching an area near the Roeder home. 
Judge Steele ordered that Roeder spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail at a time to be determined by his supervision officer, and be on electronically monitored house arrest for a period of 60 days.  
Roeder lost his driving privileges for six months, was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete any programs recommended and to pay a mandatory fine of $5,000 and all court costs. 
Corey D. Dolt, 21, Van Wert, was given three years of community control and ordered to spend up to six months in the WORTH Center in Lima on an indictment charging him with four counts of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies. 
Dolt, along with Chad Kouts of Van Wert, were involved in a series of breaking and enterings that occurred during the summer months this past year. The two were taking tool, auto parts and scrap metal which was sold.   
Dolt told in court that he was doing this because he was addicted to heroin.
Dolt was given an additional 30 days in jail to be served at a time to be determined by his supervision officer, was ordered to pay his part of the restitution in the amount of $11,532.00 which was the cost of items found missing. He will be responsible for all costs associated with the prosecution of his case. 
Judge Steele also gave Dolt nine months in prison for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently with each other but deferred the imposition of the sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program. 
Jared P. Meister, 19, Lima, was placed on three years of community control on a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree.  
Meister and another subject were arrested for allegedly stealing $4,086.76 of electronic games from the Super Walmart in Van Wert in August. According to reports, Meister and the other individual had allegedly been involved in similar thefts at other Walmart stores. 
Meister was ordered to spend 180 days in the Van Wert County Jail and will have to serve an additional 30 days jail at a time to be determined by his supervision officer.
Meister was also ordered to his part of the restitution for the $4,086.76 loss, and pay all costs associated with his prosecution.
Judge Steele gave Meister a nine-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition pending the successful completion of the community control program. 
Robert C. Woods Jr., 21, Dayton, was sentenced to spend one year in prison on a sentence of possession of heroin, a felony of the third degree. 
Woods was arrested during a traffic stop in August by the Van Wert City Police Department, at which time, the officer found Woods to be in possession of heroin.  
Judge Steele found that Woods was not amenable to community control and that under the sentencing guidelines prison was consistent as part of sentencing.
Judge Steele gave Woods credit for 34 days he had served in jail awaiting sentencing for his case. 
Jeffrey D. Trammell, 39, Van Wert, was sentence to spend two five-year prison terms on charges of gross sexual imposition, felonies of the third degree; and one year on a charge of public indecency, a felony of the fifth degree, with all the three prison sentences to run consecutive to one another for a total of 11 years in prison. 
Trammell was arrested for allegedly fondling a 6-year-old female during the summer of 2010 at the victim’s home. 
The mother of the young female tearfully addressed the court telling Judge Steele of the emotional damage that has been done and how severely Trammell’s actions has affected her daughter. 
Judge Steele imposed the sex offender status of a Tier Two Sex Offender which will require Trammell, once released from prison to register every 180 days for a period of twenty-five years. 
Rebecca Ridenour, 28, Ohio City, entered a guilty plea to a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree. 
Ridenour had originally been charged with a felony count of domestic Violence.  
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Dec. 22. 
Lukas A. Mortemore, 24, Napoleon, entered guilty pleas to one count of identity fraud, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of guilty to forgery, a felony of the fifth degree.     
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Jan. 5.
Dyllen A. Redding, 18, Convoy, entered guilty pleas to one count of grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree; and one count of vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. 
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Jan. 5.

 

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