Busy day in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas
Thursday, December 11, 2008 1:07 AM
BY ED GEBERT
Ed Gebert/Times Bulletin
Timothy L. Fedele (right) awaits his sentencing in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. Fedele will spend a total of five years in prison in connection with the attempted theft of a classic car from a garage in Delphos.
Times Bulletin News Writer
A Defiance man has another five years of prison time added onto his record after being sentenced in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. Timothy L. Fedele, 42, had pleaded guilty to third-degree felony burglary and a charge of attempt grand theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the attempted heist of a vintage sports car.
Fedele had attempted to steal the vehicle Oct. 4, 2004 from the garage of Kevin Clark. Delphos Police tracked down Fedele after finding his palm print on a screwdriver which had been left behind at the scene of the crime. He was already being held on theft charges in Paulding County and could face additional prison time in Florida for similar offenses.
He was given five years for the burglary charge and one year for the attempted grand theft count, however Steele ordered that the two sentences be served concurrently with one another and with the sentence handed down in Paulding County.
A Van Wert man with a lengthy criminal history was given the maximum sentence by Judge Charles D. Steele for breaking into his ex-wife's residence and stealing items intended as presents for their children. Denver L. Workman, 40, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for burglary, a felony of the fourth degree.
The Van Wert County Sheriff's Office had accused Workman of breaking in on March 3, and making off with a laptop computer, a DVD player, and at least two boxes of girl scout cookies which belonged to his daughter.
Even Scott Gordon, Workman's attorney, admitted that Workman has "a deplorable history" which includes various charges of theft, forgery, passing bad checks, assault and rape.
The victim gave an impassioned plea, asking Steele to hand out the maximum sentence and for restitution for the items stolen. She said, "The other times he has gotten a plea garden, and he hadn't learned anything yet. At almost 41 years old, it's time to move on." County Prosecutor Charles F. Kennedy, III clarified, noting that there had been no plea bargain in this case.
Besides the prison term, Steele also ordered Workman to repay $3,095.97 to his family for the stolen items.
A fight between two drinking buddies has landed a Venedocia man on community control for three years. Richard J. Dodge, 46, was sentenced Wednesday on a fourth-degree felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from an argument between Dodge and Jeff Carder on Aug. 13.
According to the Van Wert Sheriff's Office, the former friends had been drinking together at a bar in Delphos. The assault took place later in the evening near Elgin.
As part of community control, Dodge will serve a 60-day jail sentence beginning Thursday as well as another 30-day sentence at a later date. He will also lose his drivers license for six months, perform 200 hours of community service and undergo a substance abuse assessment. He will also pay restitution of $1,387 for medical bills and replacement eyeglasses. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
"Yes I have failed drug screens for marijuana, but I don't want to do it anymore," begged Chanel M. Crouse at her sentencing hearing. "I've done other things in the past, but I've been able to put all that stuff behind me. But for some reason I can't stop smoking marijuana."
Steele sentenced the 20-year-old Crouse to three years of community control for fifth-degree felony illegal processing of drug documents. Van Wert Police accused Crouse of altering a prescription and presenting it at a local pharmacy. Staff at the pharmacy suspected the prescription had been changed and contacted police.
Crouse will spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility and another 60 days on electronically-monitored house arrest. She will also perform 200 hours of community service, give up her drivers license for six months, pay court fees and costs, and undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete a treatment program. Crouse will be under intensive probation supervision for one year. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
David Scott Taylor, 30, Hudson, Florida was given a nine-month prison sentence for non-support of dependents, a felony of the fifth degree. According to the Van Wert County Child Support Enforcement Agency, Taylor owes more than $22,000 in back child support.
Steele declined to read Taylor's extensive list of prior arrests, noting that it would take too long and that it "goes back a long time." Taylor was granted 113 days credit for time already served awaiting sentencing in this case.
Meanwhile, James Frederick Coon, 38, Van Wert, received three years of community control for fifth-degree felony non-support of dependents. Coon will also spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima, and serve 30 days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. He was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service payments, and pay court fees and costs. Two years will be spent under intensive probation supervision. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Brian L. Oakman, 32, Spencerville will spend up to six months at the WORTH Center, 30 days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility and three years on community control as part of his sentence for fifth-degree felony theft. Oakman pleaded guilty to taking a co-worker's debit card while he worked at Cooper Farms. He was ordered to pay $486.51 in restitution to Kassie Eddins, and will also have to pay court fees and costs. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Rebecca Sturwood, 27, Van Wert, was sentenced to one year of community control on a charge of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. "I am sorry," was all Sturwood could say in her defense at her Wednesday morning hearing.
Sturwood was ordered to spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility, undergo a drug assessment and complete all recommended rehabilitation programs, performs 200 hours of community service, and pay court fees and costs. A six-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program.
A Van Wert woman entered a guilty plea to two counts of trafficking in drugs. Amber L. Wollet, 28, was accused of selling or attempting to sell hydrocodone in the vicinity of a juvenile on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 of this year. Sentencing in the case was set for Jan. 28, but since Wollet failed a drug test Wednesday morning, she was ordered held without bond pending sentencing. A charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.
Jerry Dominque, 43, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree felony trafficking In drugs. According to the indictment, Dominique sold or attempted to sell heroin on Sept. 5, 2008. Sentencing was set for Jan. 28.
Five people were arraigned Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. Lon Zeigler, 22, was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond after an alleged home invasion at the residence of a former girlfriend. Zeigler faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if found guilty on charges of aggravated burglary and violating a protection order. He pleaded not guilty to both counts. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Dec. 24.
Jason L. Mathews, 34, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to third-degree felony domestic violence. Mathews was released on bond under order to stay away from the alleged victim in the case. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 24.
Martin D. Ramero, 28, Van Wert, also entered a not guilty plea to third-degree felony domestic violence He was also released on bond with a no contact order in place. His pretrial conference will be Jan. 7.
Timothy S. Fitzsimmons, 50, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty plea to fourth-degree felony driving under the influence. Fitzsimmons was freed on bond. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Dec. 24.
Chris Stemen, 43, Ohio City, entered a not guilty plea to having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree. Stemen is presently spending time in jail on a previous felony DUI charge, but was ordered released on bond upon the expiration of the sentence. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 24.