Two individuals were arraigned in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Wednesday on indictments issued by the most recent meeting of the Van Wert County Grand Jury, both individuals entered not guilty pleas when appearing before Judge Charles D. Steele.
Austin S. Bortel, 19, Paulding, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Bortel was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Nov. 9.
Jeffrey T. Stocklin, 30, Delphos, entered a not guilty plea to a two count indictment charging him with burglary, a felony of the third degree; and theft from an elderly person, a felony of the fifth degree.
Stocklin was ordered held on a $2,500 cash bond with a ten percent privilege along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 9.
Kelli Duval, 31, Spencerville, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of illegal cultivation of marijuana, a felony of the fourth degree.
Duval, along with Brandi Myers and Glenn Devaul, were charged with the cultivation of the marijuana near Willshire after the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department acted on a tip that they had received. The sheriff’s office recovered a large number of plants at that time in August.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 14.