Glenn Feathers (right) sits at his assault trial in April in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas. On Wednesday morning, Feathers admitted violating his community control by contacting a subject he was not to contact. He was sentenced to an additional 90 days in jail for the violation.
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin News Writer
Arraignment hearings for six people indicted last week by the Van Wert County Grand Jury were held Wednesday morning.
Visiting Judge John D. Schmitt ordered a Van Wert man held on $250,000 bond with a ten percent privilege for allegedly assaulting a household member in two different homes. Richard L. Stegaman, 41, entered a not guilty plea to felony domestic violence and aggravated burglary.
Van Wert Police claim Stegaman assaulted Deonna Gay at his residence, but she was later able to escape and get to a neighbor's house for help. According to the investigation, Stegaman then forced his way into the neighbor's residence and again assaulted the woman.
Stegaman will be back at Van Wert Court of Common Pleas on August 13 for a pretrial hearing.
Timothy Fedele, 43, pleaded not guilty to burglary and attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle. Fedele is accused by Delphos Police of attempting to steal a classic sports cars from a Delphos resident. He was charged after Delphos Police found fingerprints matching those of Fedele. The charges are in connection with a 2004 break-in.
Fedele remains incarcerated on similar charges for thefts elsewhere in northwest Ohio.
A Van Wert man was charged in the theft of a coin collection July 29. Tony Brown, 51, entered a not guilty plea to burglary, a second-degree felony.
According to a Van Wert City Police investigation, Brown was discovered inside the residence of Curt Eddins by a relative who had come to the home to do some work. The relative discovered an open door and allegedly saw Brown inside the home then called police.
Brown was ordered held in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility on a $75,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. A pretrial hearing is set for Aug. 13.
Rhonda Risley, 39, Convoy, pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree. Van Wert Police were called to N. Market St. to investigate an intoxicated person. The investigation alleges that officers found Risley and that a test revealed revealed cocaine in her system, which was a violation of her probation.
Risley was released on bond and will appear Aug. 13 for a pretrial hearing.
Cheri A. Uhlenkhake, 40, St. Henry, pleaded not guilty to a charge of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. She was released on bond and will appear at a pretrial hearing on Aug. 13.
A Delphos woman pleaded not guilty to trying to obtain pain killers illegally from a number of different physicians. Kristina Diltz, 28, is charged with four counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, all fourth-degree felonies. Records from a state pharmacy agency were used to obtain the indictment.
Diltz was released on bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 13.
Three other individuals entered guilty pleas before Schmitt in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. Glenn Feathers, 45, Delphos, admitted to violating his community control program by being in contact with Keesha Feathers, a woman he was not to see.
In April, Feathers pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of assault in the middle of his trial on felony charges. He was accused of hurting his 13-year-old niece and her friend in a Nov. 12, 2007 confrontation at the home of Feathers' sister.
At the hearing, Assistant Van Wert County Prosecuting Attorney Eva Yarger told Schmitt that after his arrest Feathers had made threatening remarks while on his way to jail to the arresting officer and to the probation officer that was supervising him.
Feathers was sentenced to 90 days in the Van Wert County Jail. Schmitt also reminded Feathers that he had the balance of 90 days from the sentence on the assault charges.
Schmitt granted a request from Chanel M. Crouse, 20, Van Wert, for treatment in lieu of conviction. Crouse pleaded guilty to illegal processing of a drug document and petitioned to be included in the program. She will be in treatment for up to one year.
Dennis Vickery, 57, Van Wert, Ohio entered a guilty plea to fifth-degree felony possession of cocaine. He was sentenced immediately to six months incarceration in the Van Wert County Jail.