Parole violators, others present for court hearings
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 8:00 PM
BY ED GEBERT
Alexandra Whisman takes her place in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas for a hearing Tuesday morning. Whisman admitted to failing a drug test while on probation and was sent to the WORTH Center for treatment. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
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VAN WERT - Four people appeared in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday morning for violating probation or treatment agreements. Alexandra Whisman, 19, admitted failing a June 28 drug test and was re-sentenced to three years of community control with up to six months of that to be spent at the WORTH Center in Lima. An 11-month prison sentence, dating back to her December 2012 sentencing for drug possession, was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.Also admitting to a probation violation was Tasha Comment, 30, Van Wert. Comment tested positive for morphine, failed to report to her probation officer since April 8 and did not follow through with her dependency treatment as ordered by the court. She was sentenced to three years of community control and was ordered to serve the final 73 days of a 12-month sentence in the Van Wert County Jail.
Joshua Rager, 28, Van Wert, admitted to failing a drug test. Rager was on bond on a aggravated drug possession charge. Judge Charles D. Steele ordered Rager re-released on bond until his next court hearing. He appeared for a bond violation for a positive drug test. He admitted the violation. He was ordered re-released on a surety bond until his next pre-trial hearing.
Zachary Brinkman, 25, Middle Point, appeared Tuesday accused of failing a drug test and thus violating his treatment in lieu of conviction agreement. Steele continued the case until it can be determined if the drugs appeared in the test were actually prescribed for him from a prior back surgery.
A Michigan man pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering at a location on W. Main St. in Van Wert. Thomas Hathaway, 28, Grand Rapids MI, who is currently incarcerated in Carson City, MI, faces up to 12 months in jail when he is sentenced on July 31.
In a plea agreement, Darren Riggs, 42, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempting to corrupt another with drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. He had previously been charged with fourth-degree felony corrupting another with drugs and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children. The charges stemmed from a incident back in March. Riggs will be sentenced on Aug. 21.
Also on Tuesday, Tracy Hartman, 38, Van Wert, requested to be excused from attending a deposition of a doctor in his pending case. He signed a waiver of his right to be at the deposition while in court. He is facing a third-degree felony charge of endangering children.