Shane Seekings (right), 28, Van Wert, listens during his hearing at the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday. Seekings was sentenced to three years community control for violating his probation. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - A number of criminal hearings were held Thursday morning at Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas, including a probation violation hearing for 28-year-old Shane Seekings of Van Wert. Seekings admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer since Nov. 21, 2012.
Seekings was sent to the WORTH Center in Lima for up to six months as part of three years of community control. He was originally sentenced on Oct. 16 in two separate drug trafficking cases. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
An former Van Wert man is headed to prison for violating a number of rules at the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. Zachariah Germann, 25, Elida, was given a sentence which was deferred in 2011 pending his successful completion of community control. That sentence was for four years in prison for felony burglary, and two counts of having weapons while under disability, and an 18-month sentence for theft from an elderly person. The prison terms are to be served concurrently.
At his sentencing hearing on May 4, 2011, Germann testified as to how the charges were related to his addiction to heroin, including pawning two firearms which he was banned from possessing. He stated that he was trying to acquire money to buy more heroin.
On Wednesday, Judge Charles D. Steele imposed the deferred sentences while giving Germann credit for 323 days already served in custody.
Eddy Blossom, 27, Willshire will also be heading to prison. Blossom was sentenced to nine months for various probation violations. Blossom admitted to being convicted of disorderly conduct in Mercer and testing positive for Morphine. He also admitted to not completing his counseling and then lying about it to his probation officer. Blossom was given credit for 209 days already served in custody.
Ronald Cobb, 22, Van Wert, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and another 30 days in jail to be served at a later date as part of three years of community control. Cobb had already admitted to a felony count of corrupting another with drugs.
Cobb 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. Steele also ordered Cobb to have no contact with the victim in this case. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Ream Thomas Davis, 55, Van Wert, was placed on 30 days of community control as part of three years of community control. Davis had already pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, each a felony of the fourth degree.
Davis must also serve another 30-day jail service, 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 nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
The sentencing hearing for Christoper L. Day was continued. Day faces up to 12 months in prison on a cocaine possession charge.