Kelly McKenzie awaits sentencing Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. McKenzie was given three consecutive 18-month prison sentences on drug trafficking charges. McKenzie was one of several defendants to appear in court yesterday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT - A 48-year-old Van Wert woman was sentenced to spend four and a half years in prison on drug charges Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas.
Kelly McKenzie was given three 18-month prison sentences to be served consecutively on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance.
On Jan. 30, McKenzie was arrested as she returned to Van Wert from Dayton. She was stopped by officers just inside the city limits on S. Washington St. At that time, officers found 5.3 grams of brown heroin on her person.
Timothy Adam Wollet, 30, Van Wert was given a 180-day jail sentence as part of three years of community control. Wollet was sentenced on a charge of trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.
Judge Charles D. Steele told him that despite his apparent change of lifestyle since the time the charge was leveled, he had to give Wollet incarceration because of his previous criminal record.
Wollet was also ordered to complete a substance abuse assessment and treatment program, perform 200 hours of community service, give up his drivers license for six months, and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Lyle Diltz, 44, Delphos, received an additional 90-jail sentence for a probation violation. Diltz admitted to testing positive for drugs on March 30 and for failing to report to his probation officer between Jan. 26 and March 30. He was also resentenced to three years of community control. Two nine-month prison sentences were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Dale Wright, Jr, 19, Van Wert, was placed on community control for three years for attempted grand theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Wright must serve 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, and complete a psychological treatment program. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Andrew Snyder, 18, Rockford, was placed on community control for one year for misdemeanor theft. Snyder was ordered to make $1,000 restitution to Walmart, pay fees and court costs, and perform 200 hours of community service A 180-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Cody Stout, 21, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony drug possession and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction. Stout was charged with having cocaine on Feb 28.
Seth May, 19, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to fourth-degree felony grand theft. May was accused of taking a 2001 Chevrolet Impala from an individual. May also was granted treatment in lieu of conviction.A 29-year-old Van Wert man accused of striking a family member pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony domestic violence. Moses Wilder had originally been charged with a third-degree felony, but the charge was reduced in exchange for a guilty plea.
Wilder may be released on electronically-monitored house arrest if he can make the necessary arrangements. He faces a maximum three-year prison sentence when he is sentenced on June 13.
Three persons were arraigned Wednesday morning. Robin Hamilton, 45, of Delphos was charged with misdemeanor passing bad checks. She pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was set for May 2.
McCauley Potts Swann, 20, Defiance pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony vandalism. He was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for May 2.
Tyler Dirham, 19, of Van Wert, was arraigned on a fifth-degree felony county of marijuana possession. Dirham pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pretrial sentence was set for May 2.
A Van Wert man was granted judicial release on Wednesday. Kareem Howard, 35, had his 18-month prison sentence modified to three years of community control with the stipulation that he complete up to six months in the WORTH Center in Lima. Howard must also perform 200 hours of community service, complete a psychological treatment program, and pay fees and court costs.
Two persons were found competent to stand trial in separate hearings. Delbert Drew, 21, Van Wert and Ruth A. Napier, 19 were each ordered to attend pretrial hearings on May 2.