Jeffrey T. Stocklin stands in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. Stocklin pleaded guilty to felony burglary in connection with a break-in at a S. Canal St. home in Delphos. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT - Two 24-year-old Lima residents accused of holding up a Van Wert convenience store on Oct. 31 were arraigned in Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning.
Colt Morris and Ashley Woten were arraigned on charges of robbery and complicity to commit robbery for the Oct. 31 robbery of Pak-A-Sak on N. Washington St. in Van Wert. They each entered not guilty pleas.
Van Wert Police claim that Morris entered the store with a mask covering his face, indicated that he had a weapon in his pocket, then ordered the clerk to hand over cash. The clerk complied and Morris left, however, he was caught on surveillance video while inside the store.
Two other robberies took place in Allen County, Ohio the next morning at convenience stores in Allentown and Spencerville. Descriptions and video stills from those scenes matched those from the Van Wert robbery. Morris was later identified and arrested by Allen County Sheriff's deputies.
The CEO of a Delphos company was arraigned on 23 counts of telecommunications harassment, then managed to get himself into deeper trouble.
Robert Fishbein, 48, Lima, entered not guilty pleas to the 21 felony and two misdemeanor charges filed against him. Fishbein, the CEO of I & K Distributors was indicted for a series of telephone calls made to a former employee of the company. Reportedly he called the 22-year-old female 300-400 times with some of the messages being threatening in nature.
At an earlier court appearance, Judge Charles D. Steele set bond conditions which included a no contact order against Fishbein. That bond was revoked and at a later hearing, bond was set at $200,000 cash, and a stipulation was that Fishbein could not use the telephone at all without another person making and supervising the call.
Shortly after Fishbein's arraignment hearing Wednesday morning, he was observed in the lobby of the court talking on a cell phone. A warrant was issued, and Fishbein was arrested later in the day at I & K in Delphos. He is being held in the Van Wert County Jail without bond until another bond hearing can be set early next week.
Others arraigned on Wednesday included a 33-year-old Van Wert man charged with seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and five counts of gross sexual imposition. Erik R. Lehmkuhle pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held on a $500,000 cash bond.
The charges against Lehmkuhle stem from an investigation by Van Wert Police into a series of incidents. A pretrial hearing was set for Nov. 23.
Ryan Woodall, 37, Willshire, pleaded not guilty to third-degree felony robbery. He is accused by the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office of robbing a restaurant in Willshire.
Steele ordered Woodall held on a $150,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. A pretrial is set for Nov. 23.
Dominic Eddins, 32, Van Wert pleaded not guilty to two counts of burglary. Eddins was held on a $150,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.
Jennifer Burk, 21, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to a fourth-degree felony charge of trespassing in a place of habitation. Burk was ordered held until she has a place of residence. At that time, she can be released on bond. Nov. 23 was set as the pretrial hearing date.
Cory L. Maynard, 33, Grover Hill, pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. Maynard was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. The pretrial hearing will be held on Nov. 23.
Dylien A. Redding, 20, Convoy, pleaded not guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony count of theft. He was released on bond and ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Nov. 23.
Bridget Channell, 42, Van Wert, also pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony theft. Channel was released on bond and will attend a pretrial hearing on Nov. 23.
A Delphos man is headed to prison for taking a crossbow from a relative. Garrett Dienstberger, 26, was given a two-year prison sentence for burglary, a felony of the third degree.
Delphos Police say Dienstberger entered a W. Fifth St. home in Delphos and took the weapon. where he took a cross-bow belonging to a relative. Dienstberger's attorney, Todd Wolfrum, argued that his client had taken the crossbow on a whim, then returned it the next day, but Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney Martin Burchfield countered that Dienstberger had been shown the crossbow days before and had planned to take it.
Dienstberger was given credit for 35 days already served awaiting the outcome of his case.
Donald C. Sharp, 52, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, a felony of the fifth degree. Sharp was charged in connection with a Sept. 19 incident at a home on S. Wayne St. in Van Wert. Sharp could get up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 4.
Jeffrey T. Stocklin, 30, Delphos entered a not guilty plea to a third-degree felony charge of burglary. He was accused of stealing two refrigerators from a home on S. Canal St. in Delphos. Sentencing is set for Jan. 4.
A 19-year-old Paulding man pleaded guilty to felony theft. Austin S. Bortel admitted to theft from P & R Home IV Products between July 2 and Aug. 26 of this year. He will be sentenced on Nov. 23.