Ian D. Taylor, 18, Van Wert talks with his lawyer in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday morning. Taylor entered a plea of not guilty to 11 felony charges of theft, breaking and entering, trespassing in a place of habitation, and felony burglary. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT - An 18-year-old Van Wert resident is being held on a $100,000 cash bond after pleading not guilty to 11 felony charges against him Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Ian D. Taylor was indicted on five counts of theft, four counts of breaking and entering, one count of trespassing in a place of habitation and one count of second-degree felony burglary.
Van Wert Police arrested Taylor and charged him in connection with a series of residence and vehicle breakins around Feb. 17 in the 900 block of Elm St., the 100 block of E. Raymond St., the 200 block of Webster Ave., the 900 block of Park St., the 400 block of Dickinson Ave., the 300 block of Boyd Ave., the 700 block of Virginia Ave., and the 400 block of Gordon Ave.
According to Van Wert Police, a search of Taylor's residence in the 300 block of S. Market St. turned up many items that had been reported stolen from the Feb. 17 series of thefts. Other items were found from thefts which took place earlier in February also.
If found guilty on all counts, Taylor could face a maximum sentence of 18 1/2 years in prison. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 14.
Michael D. Closson, 62, Delphos, pleaded not guilty to a pair of gross sexual imposition counts. Delphos Police charge Closson with having sexual contact with a young female on two separate occasions last year.
Closson was released on bond and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case. A pretrial hearing is set for March 21. If found guilty, Closson faces a possible ten years in prison.
Shay Ringwald, 23, Middle Point, entered a not guilty plea to possession of heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. Ringwald was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for March 21.
Tanisha Agler, 21, Buckland, Ohio was sentenced to 12 months in prison on a fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge.
A Van Wert County Sheriff's Office investigation found that Agler was part of a group of persons who broke into the Electric Polishing Company in Venedocia last July. Agler is currently serving prison sentences from cases in Auglaize and Allen counties for similar offenses. The 12-month prison sentence in the Van Wert County case will run concurrently with the other prison sentences.
Larry R. Brown, 63, Delphos, was placed on community control for three years for assaulting a police office. Delphos Police charged Brown with attacking an officer who was responding to a domestic situation at Brown's home last July.
Judge Charles D. Steele also ordered that Brown serve 60 days on electronically-monitored house arrest and pay court costs. A six-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Damian J. Smith, 19, Elgin, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft. Smith was reportedly working for Walmart when he and an accomplice were caught stealing merchandise form the store in November.
Smith was also placed on community control for one year and make restitution of $1,000 to the store. In addition, Smith must not enter any Walmart store. A 180-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Jimmy D. Vibbert, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic violence. Vibbert's criminal history accounted for the jail sentence, however Steele granted work release if Vibbert remains fully employed.
The robber who held up the Pak-A-Sak store on N. Washington St. in Van Wert on Nov. 1, 2011 has entered a guilty plea to third-degree felony robbery.
Colt A. Morris, 25, Lima, made the plea on Wednesday. He netted only $226 in cash in the robbery. Sentencing was set for April 18. Morris is already being held in Allen County, Ohio on similar charges.
Cyle J. Black, 25, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. Black had been arrested for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover agent on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Black will be sentenced April 3.
Also on Wednesday, Ryan J. Schaadt, Van Wert, was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond, after it was found that he had violated the terms of his earlier bond.
The Van Wert County Adult Probation Department accused Schaadt of violating his bond by testing positive for the use of opiates and for failing to report to a rehabilitation clinic.
Schaadt was ordered held until arrangements are made for entry into a rehabilitation clinic.