The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:
Anthony W. Whitt, 27, Kenton, entered a guilty plea to a three count indictment charging him with forgery, a felony of the fifth degree.
According to a Van Wert City Police Department and Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation, Whitt, along with another individual, were passing counterfeited $100 bills in Van Wert and Ohio City.
Whitt is awaiting sentencing in Auglaize County for a similar offense with sentencing in Van Wert County set for March 28.
Dyllen A. Redding, 20, Convoy, was placed on three years of community control on a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree.
Redding was charged by the Van Wert City Police Department for the theft of a license plate from a local residence. Redding had the stolen license plate on his vehicle at the time he was stopped by a patrol officer.
Redding will be responsible for all costs associated with his court case, must spend 30 days immediately on electronic monitored house arrest and spend an additional 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail at a time to be determined by his supervision officer.
Judge Steele gave Redding a 12-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program. Donald Sharp, Van Wert, was found to be in violation of his terms of community control in that he had been terminated from the WORTH Center program.
Sharp had been given a 12-month prison sentence on Jan. 4 but had the imposition of the sentence deferred pending his successful completion of the community control program, which included the successful completion of the program at the WORTH Center.
Sharp was given 60 days credit for time that he had already served incarcerated awaiting final disposition of his case.
Damian J. Smith, 19, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Smith had originally been charged with a felony count of theft.
As part of the plea agreement Smith will be ordered to make restitution to Walmart in the amount of $1,000.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 7.
Zachariah Williams, 23, Van Wert, was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the second degree.
Williams is currently being held in prison on a weapons violation, no bond was set on the most current charges. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for March 7.
Kasey Schisler, 23, Van Wert, was arraigned on two counts of trafficking in heroin and entered a not guilty plea to both counts.
Schisler was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for March 7.
Michael A. Speakman, 20, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 14.
Gregory A. Jackson Jr., 31, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to theft, a felony of the fifth degree.
Jackson had also filed a motion for Treatment in Lieu of Conviction which was granted by the court.
Jackson, along with two others, was involved in a November incident at the Century Bar where cash, liquor and beer were taken. Jackson and the two others will share in a loss of $1,978.99, which must be made as part of restitution to the owners of the bar.
Jackson will be under the supervision of the Van Wert Adult Probation Department for up to one year while he completes the treatment program.
John R. McGinnis, 30, Convoy, entered guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking in heroin, one count a felony of the fourth degree and one count a felony of the fifth degree.
Judge Steele ordered pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 28.
Joseph N. Suever, 58, Lima, entered a guilty plea to a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol, a felony of the third degree.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 28.