Court of Common Pleas sees another busy day
Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:00 AM
By ED GEBERT
Ed Gebert/Times Bulletin Jason D. Kremer (right) looks at his attorney Scott Gordon after learning he will be going to prison for three years on drug trafficking charges. Kremer was one of 24 people appearing Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas.
Times Bulletin news writer
A Venedocia man is headed to prison for three years following his sentencing Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. In July, Jason C. Kremer, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in heroin, both fourth-degree felonies, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.
As Kremer was being led out of the courtroom, he looked back to family and friends, threw up his hands and declared in a confused tone, "I'm going to prison for three years!" Judge Charles D. Steele also ordered Kremer to pay a $5,000 fine and court costs. He was given 15 days credit toward his sentence for time already served.
Van Wert Police alleged that Kremer had sold drugs to an undercover agent on three different occasions.
Andrew Hammons, 21, Middle Point, was placed on community control for three years on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth degree felony. As part of community control, Hammons will spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima, and 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail, perform 200 hours of community service and pay fees and court costs. A 10-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Hammons was accused of selling marijuana to an undercover agent working for the Van Wert Police Department in April.
The fourth of four young Fort Wayne women was sentenced for her part in the theft of cell phones from a Towne Center business in May. Iesha R. Warfield, 18, will serve a 60-day and a 30-day jail term as part of three years of community control.
Warfield pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony complicity to commit theft, the same charge each of her accomplices faced. She was also told to earn a GED or high school diploma, and to complete a psychological assessment treatement program. Steele also ordered Warfield to have no contact with any of her co-defendants. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Nicole Powell, 27, Van Wert, will spend 60 days on electronically-monitored house arrest and another 30 days in Van Wert County Jail as part of her three years of community control.
Powell was charged with trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. She was accused of selling heroin to an undercover agent by Van Wert Police earlier this year. An eight-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Kerry D. Barnes, 18, Van Wert, was given a pair of 30-day jail terms as part of one year of community control on two misdemeanor counts of attempted trafficking in marijuana. He will also perform 200 hours of community service and complete a substance abuse assessment and treatment program. Two consecutive 180-day jail terms were deferrred pending the successful completion of community control.
Amy M. McNabb, 36, Van Wert, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree. She will be under the supervision of the Van Wert County Probation Department for up to one year while she attends her treatment program.
Coy Seibert, 21, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge. Seibert was arrested after being found with a controlled substance in March. He also will have one year to complete treatment.
A Lima man admitted to failing to register as a sex offender. Issac D. Williams, 46, failed to report to the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office within three days of entering the county. He claimed to be visiting his cousin.
Williams was discovered to have been in violation after he was found in an investigation of illicit photographs. Williams was classified as a sex offender following a rape conviction. He faces a possible 10- year prison sentence and $20,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 28, although the prosecution has agreed to request a minimum three-year sentence.
Pablo Riveria, 54, Convoy, Ohio pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge. Van Wert Police accused Riveria of taking money from an office worker's purse at a local manufacturing facility in April. He has since paid $1,000 restitution to the victim, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Riveria will be sentenced on Oct. 28.
A current prisoner in the London Correctional Institution, 33-year-old Jason I. Owens, entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree.
According to Van Wert Police, Owens was involved in an incident at a Van Wert home in 2008 at which time a weapon was taken and a resident of that residence was assaulted. Owens faces up to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 21.
Steele ruled that Joshua W. Holycross, a resident of Tiffin Developmental Center, Tiffin, Ohio, was not competent to stand trial after a mental evaluation. Holycross had been involved with the theft of a golf cart and other property and equipment this summer at a local golf course. Holycross was ordered to remain at the Tiffin Developmental Center pending future hearings.
A dozen individuals were arraigned on a variety of charges Wednesday morning. Among them was Micky Binkley, 34, Van Wert, who pleaded not guilty to abduction, a felony of the third degree. Binkley was charged for allegedly taking a Van Wert woman from her home earlier this month. The woman was found unharmed hours later with Binkley in his car by the Ottoville Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
Steele set bond at $50,000 with a ten percent privilege and ordered Binkley to have no contact with the victim, her family, and a friend who was present at the time of the incident. Binkley faces up to five years in prison if found guilty. A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 23.
A Van Wert man was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond on four charges. Kevin Clay, 24, pleaded not guilty to burglary, theft of drugs, and two counts of illegal processing of drug documents. If found guilty on all counts, Clay could receive up to 11 1/2 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. He will appear for a pretrial conference on Sept. 23.
Jonathan F. DeWitt, 45, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to one count of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third degree. DeWitt was released on bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Sept. 23. Three Mercer County men were arraigned on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle. Nathan Goodwin, 20, Willshire, Brett Bougher, 20, Mercer, and Kelcey Frye, 18, Rockford all entered not guilty pleas to the fourth-degree felony charges. The Van Wert County Sheriff's Office alleges the trio were involved in an ATV theft on Aug. 10 from Zach Stutz.
Goodwin, Bougher,and Frye were released on bond with pretrial hearings set within the next two weeks.
Matthew Holtsberry, 20, and Christine Holtsberry, 18, both of Van Wert, were each arraigned for fourth-degree felony burglary. The couple are accused of entering the home of an elderly person on Aug. 24. Christine Holtsberry was also charged with theft for items she took from the home. Both were released on bond and will appear for pretrial conferences on Sept. 23.
Gregory A. Poling, 54, pleaded not guilty to failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer, a third-degree felony. He was released on bond, but remained subject to a hold placed on him by an Indiana court. A pretrial hearing in Poling's case was scheduled for Sept. 23.
Celia Diaz, 25, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to fourth-degree felony burglary. She was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 30.
An Indiana man was charged with non-support of dependents. Todd Williams, 43, pleaded not guilty to the fifth-degree felony count against him. He was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Sept. 23.
Shane Lee Mosier, 21, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Mosier was released on bond, and a pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 30.