Shay Ringwald, 23, Middle Point, was sentenced to community control in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday following a felony heroin possession charge. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - A Middle Point man was placed on community control for three years on a fourth-degree felony heroin possession charge. Shay Ringwald, 23, was one of nine persons to appear in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. Along with the community control, Ringwald must complete a substance abuse treatment program, give up his drivers license for six months, serve 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.Kristina Diltz, 32, Van Wert also appeared for sentencing due to a violation of her community control. Some questions over documentation caused Judge Charles D. Steele to continue the case for one week to collect more information.
A Van Wert man admitted that the evidence against him would allow for a conviction, but he still maintained his innocence. Erik Lehmkuhle, 31, entered an Alford plea to one count of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third degree and was found guilty by the court. Five other charges were dismissed in exchange for this plea. Lehmkuhle was arraigned nearly one year ago on 13 felony charges. Sentencing was set for Dec. 12.
Jason Vanover, 32, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. Five other charges were dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas. He faces sentencing Dec. 12.
Daniel Fetters, 37, Rockford, entered a guilty plea to fourth-degree felony drug possession. Fetters was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.
Jason Pescosolido, 27, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to violating a protection order, a felony of the fifth degree. He will be sentenced Nov. 7.
An Ohio City woman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft, Rachel Clark, 27, faces a maximum 180-day jail sentence at her Nov. 21 sentencing. A second count of identity fraud was dismissed in exchange for her plea.
Kenneth Myers III, 20, Van Wert, admitted violating his bond by testing positive for drugs earlier this month. Myers was released on bond pending sentencing.
Paul Kay, 46, Cincinnati, was arraigned on a felony charge of theft. Kay pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pre-trial hearing was set for Nov. 7.