Jason Vanover enters the courtroom for his arraignment on drug trafficking charges. Vanover was one of 12 persons making appearances in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
By Ed Gebert
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - Three more persons were arraigned on drug trafficking charges Wednesday morning, just two days after a dozen other made court appearances for trafficking in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Jason Vanover, 32, Van Wert is facing six fifth-degree felony charges. He pleaded not guilty to three counts of drug trafficking and three counts of complicity in drug trafficking. Judge Charles D. Steele placed Vanover under the same bond restrictions as he was already on from a case that occurred after the six charges in the current case. A pretrial hearing was set for Oct. 10.A Bryan, Ohio woman pleaded not guilty to trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, a felony of the fifth degree. April Franklin, 30, was arraigned Wednesday and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 10.
Zachary Springer, 20, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony charge of trafficking in marijuana. The charge stems from an incident in January of 2012. Springer is already going through the rehabilitation program at the WORTH Center in Lima and is set to finish on Thursday. Steele placed Springer on community control for three years and deferred a nine-month prison sentence based on the successful completion of community control.
In other sentencings Wednesday, Alisha Monroe, 29, Van Wert, was placed on community control for three years on a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Monroe must also serve 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, and complete a psychological assessment and treatment. In addition she must make restitution in the amount of $200 to Laudick's Jewelry and pay court costs. A six-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Bobbie Spyres, 19, Ohio City, was sentenced to one year of community control for misdemeanor attempted forgery. As a part of community control, Spyres must spend 30 days in jail, perform 100 hours of community service and pay court costs. A 180-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Christopher Lindeman, 24, Delphos, was placed on community control for one year for misdemeanor theft. Lindeman must also serve 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, complete a substance abuse treatment program, pay fees, court costs, and his part of $160 in restitution. A 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
William Shinnaberry, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer since June and for and by not completing weekly sex offender counseling. Steele reimposed the prior community control sentence and also ordered Shinnaberry to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima.
Tyler Dirham, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating his treatment in lieu of conviction agreement by testing positive for heroin on Sept. 19. His case was continued for one week while the court looks further into the case.
A Middle Point man pleaded guilty to a pair of breaking and entering charges. Calvin Placke, 18, Middle Point entered the guilty pleas in exchange for dismissing two other fifth-degree felony counts. Sentencing for Placke was set for Nov. 14.
Katie Zimmerman, 26, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a fifth-degree aggravated drug possession charge. Zimmerman was grated treatment in lieu of conviction.
Michael Reichert, 29, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree. The charge was reduced from third-degree felony grand theft. Reichert was charged with taking a handgun. Sentencing was set for Nov. 7.
Steven Putt, 43, Decatur Indiana, entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of misdemeanor nonsupport of dependents. Putt indicated that he was appealing a ruling on his own benefits. He had not paid support between 2009-2011. Sentencing was delayed for 60 days.