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Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:45 AM

The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:
Arraignments
Jason Vanover, 32, Van Wert, was arraigned on three counts of trafficking drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree; and three counts of complicity in trafficking in drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. 
He pled not guilty and was released on a surety bond. Pretrial set for Oct. 10.
April Franklin, 30, Bryan, was arraigned on a charge of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, a felony of the fifth degree. 
She pled not guilty and was released on a surety bond. Her pretrial is set for Oct. 10.
Zachary Springer, 20, Van Wert, was arraigned on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree. He entered a plea of guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years community control under the same conditions as his previous case. Nine-months prison was deferred pending completion of community control.
Change of pleas
Calvin Placke, 18, Middle Point entered a plea of guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, each a felony of the fifth degree. A third count of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor count of criminal damaging were dismissed for his plea. 
The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Nov. 14. Bond was continued.
Katie Zimmerman, 26, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. She then requested and was granted Treatment in Lieu of Conviction. 
All further proceedings were continued pending completion of the treatment.
Steven Putt, 43, Decatur, Ind., entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of nonsupport of dependents, a misdemeanor of the first degree. This charge was reduced from a felony of the fifth degree. 
Sentencing will be set at a date to be determined.
Michael Reichert, 29, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to attempted grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree. He was originally charged with grand theft, a felony of the third degree. 
The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Nov. 7. Bond was continued.
Violations
Tyler Dirham, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating his Treatment in Lieu of Conviction by testing positive for heroin. 
The court continued the matter for further hearing next Wednesday.
William Shinnaberry, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to probation and by not completing counseling. 
The court reimposed his prior community control sentence but added a condition that he complete the WORTH Center program.
Sentencings
Bobbie Spyres, 19, Ohio City, was sentenced for attempted forgery, a misdemeanor of the first degree and given one year community control, 30 days jail, 100 hours community service and court costs; 180 days jail and $1,000 fine were deferred.
Christopher Lindeman, 24, Delphos, was sentenced for theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree and given one year community control, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, substance abuse assessment and treatment, restitution $160, partial attorney fees and court costs; 180 days jail and $1,000 fine were deferred
Alisha Monroe, 29, Van Wert, was sentenced to three years community control, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, psychological assessment and treatment, one year intensive probation, restitution $200 to Laudick’s Jewelry, court costs and had a 6-months prison term deferred for theft, a felony of the fifth degree.



 

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