Dominique Brown (right), 27, Defiance speaks with her lawyer at her arraignment Wednesday. Brown pleaded not guilty on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - A Defiance woman was arraigned Wednesday on a first and a second-degree felony charge. Dominique Brown, 27, pleaded not guilty to both aggravated burglary and felonious assault. If found guilty on both counts, Brown could face up to 19 years in prison.Judge Charles D. Steele released Brown on bond under the conditions that she have no contact with the alleged victim in the case and that she stays out of Van Wert County except to meet with her probation officer. A pretrial hearing in the case was set for Feb. 13. No further information about the circumstances of Brown's charges were given.
Also arraigned Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas, a 63-year-old Van Wert man pleaded not guilty to nine counts of felony deception to obtain dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor count of worker compensation fraud. Lawrence Blakely, could get up to nine-and-a-half years in prison if convicted of all charges. He was released on bond and ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Feb. 13.
A Willshire couple each entered pleas of not guilty to three felony counts. Todd Vincent, 49, and Tracie Vincent, 46, are each charged with second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs, fifth-degree felony possession of cocaine, and fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse. Each of the Vincents were released on bond. The prosecution noted that the alleged victim in these cases is no longer living in the Vincent home. Both Todd and Tracie have pretrial hearing set in their cases for Feb. 13.
Samuel Geckle, 44, Convoy, entered a not guilty plea to having weapons while under disability, a felony of the third degree. Geckle was released on bond, and his case was set for a Feb. 13 pretrial hearing.
Robert Thompson, 29, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to three felony aggravated drug trafficking counts, one second-degree, one third-degree and one fourth-degree. Thompson was released on bond which was applied from another case against him. A pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 13.
James Sidle, 49, Convoy, pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a felony of the fourth degree. Sidle was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Feb. 13.
A Van Wert man was given 90 days of jail time as part of three years of community control after pleading guilty to a pair of marijuana trafficking charges. Dennis Vickery, 62, Van Wert,must also perform 100 hours of community service, complete a substance abuse treatment program, give up his drivers license for six months, and pay fees and court costs. A pair of concurrent nine-month prison sentences were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Allen McMillen, 29, Van Wert, was sentenced to 60 days in Van Wert County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. McMillen must also pay fees and court costs. Steele gave McMillen six days credit for time already served in custody on this charge.
Bradley Beining, 35, Van Wert, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction after pleading guilty to possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Beining's case was stayed pending the successful completion of his treatment program.