Ronald G. McBride pleaded not guilty in Van Wert Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to four counts of manufacturing or possessing explosives. He is accused of throwing explosives into the yard of a Van Wert County home. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - A 42-year-old Bryan man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges stemming from an incident in which explosives were thrown into the yard of a home on Zook Rd. in Van Wert County.Ronald G. McBride pleaded not guilty to four counts of manufacturing or possessing explosives, each a second-degree felony. He was arrested on Sept. 21 after an investigation by Sheriff's Office detectives and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
According to the investigation, four IEDs were thrown into the yard and one of the devices exploded. Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Sunday, Sept. 16. The deputies, along with members of the Allen County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad, safely disarmed the remaining three explosive devices.
McBride was ordered held on a $500,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. He was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and to be placed on electronically-monitored house arrest if he does post bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for oct. 16. McBride faces up to 20 years in prison and $60,000 in fines if found guilty of all charges.
Also arraigned in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday were Robert A. Ladd, 43 and Deanna D. Ladd, 42, both of Van Wert. Robert was charged with intimidation of a crime victim or witness while Deanna was arraigned on a charge of complicity in intimidation. Both charges are third-degree felonies with maximum sentences of 36 months in prison. They entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Both Robert and Deanna are currently facing drug trafficking charges in Van Wert County. Pretrial conferences were set for each of the Ladds for Nov. 2.
Kenneth Michael Imler, 33, Ohio City, pleaded not guilty to violating a protective order, a felony of the fifth degree A pretrial hearing in the case was set for Oct. 31.
Allen D. McMillen, 28, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to a pair of counts of tampering with evidence, each a felony of the third degree. Judge Charles D. Steele ruled McMillen be released on the same bond as was set in a previous case, which places McMillen on electronically-monitored house arrest. A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 31.
Jason E. Pescosolido, 27, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony charge of violating a protection order. He was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. A pretrial hearing will be held Oct. 16.
Taylor Agler, 20, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking, a felony of the fifth degree, and continuing drug abuse, also a felony of the fifth degree. In addition, the specification that Agler used a 2006 Ford Focus in the commission of the crimes is part of the case. These charges date back to January. Since that time, Agler has completed a drug treatment program. She was released on bond with an October 16 pretrial conference set.
Zachary J. Brinkman, 24, Middle Point, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony heroin possession. He was released on bond with an Oct. 16 pretrial conference scheduled.
Jared L. Garwood, 28, Van Wert, was arraigned for drug trafficking, a felony of the fifth degree to which he pleaded guilty. Garwood also pleaded guilty to a previous charge of fourth-degree felony drug trafficking. He was released on bond and faces up to two and a half years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 21.
Klarissa A. Mendoza 24, Van Wert, was sentenced to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima as part of three years of community control. She must also complete a substance abuse treatment plan and a psychological treatment plan, perform 200 hours of community control, serve 30 days in jail, give up her drivers license for six months, and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Jared A. Smith, 24, Van Wert, was sentenced to three years of community control on a fifth-degree felony heroin possession charge. Smith must also serve 30 days in jail and 30 days on electronically-monitored house arrest as well as perform 200 hours of community service, give up his drivers license for six months, complete a substance abuse treatment program and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Janice M. Fetters, 39, Coldwater, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony heroin possession charge and sought treatment in lieu of conviction from the court. Fetters was charged in connection with a July 10 incident in which she was found with heroin. Steele granted treatment in lieu, giving Fetters one year to complete a treatment program.
Shaun R. Duckett, 21, Delphos, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted burglary, a fourth-degree felony. The charges against Duckett stem from a May 2 incident on Menke St. in Delphos. He faces up to 18 months in prison at his Nov. 21 sentencing.