VAN WERT – Van Wert County court news for Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, and Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Judge Martin Burchfield heard the following cases in Van Wert Common Pleas Court:

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018


Chelsea Bok, 27, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, F2. Her bond was set by Judge Kevin Taylor at $10,000 cash or commercial surety and pretrial set for Jan. 17, 2018.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018



Chelsea Bok, 27, Van Wert, requested and was granted a modification of her bond to a surety bond, with drug testing. Pretrial set for Feb. 7, 2018 at 8 a.m.


Donald James Smith, 39, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to two separate charges: gross sexual imposition, F3 and possession of marijuana, F5. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 28, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Jeremy Paige, 34, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information to trespass in a habitation, F4. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 28, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Amanda Barnes-Hensley, 35, Van Wert, changed her plea to guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, F5. She then requested and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction, and her case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.


Nowelle Finger, 26, Van Wert, signed a time waiver in open court and requested more time to prepare her case. She then requested a modification of bond which was modified to electronic house arrest. Pretrial was set for Jan. 31, 2018 at 8 a.m.


Andrew Taylor, 32, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by failing to report a law enforcement contact and by having a positive drug test. He was sentenced to two years community control, two years intensive probation, 60 days jail at later date, intensive outpatient treatment at Westwood, and was ordered to pay costs, monthly probation fee, and partial appointed counsel fees.


Sonny Metzger, 43, Van Wert, aggravated trafficking drugs, F4, aggravated trafficking drugs, F5, permitting drug abuse, F5. Sentenced to 17 months prison on the F4, 180 days jail on Count 2, and 180 days jail on Count 3, all concurrent. Credit for 112 days served.


Jesse Hodgson, 30, Delphos, appeared for a competency hearing following his evaluation at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Toledo. Following the hearing, he was found to be not competent to stand trial and he will be returned to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for treatment to attempt to restore his competency.