VAN WERT – The following cases were seen in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas by Judge Martin Burchfield:

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019


Christopher Knuth, 34, Middle Point, admitted to violating his bond by failing a drug test. He was released on a surety bond with electronic house arrest. Must be at residence at 5626 Converse Roselm Road. Sentencing set for May 29 at 9 a.m.

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019


Tera Hernandez, 39, Ohio City, admitted to violating her bond and her treatment in lieu program by failing a drug test and failing to attend counseling. Her bond was set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety and sentencing set for June 26 at 9 a.m.



Damian White, 29, Lima, changed his plea to guilty to OVI, F4. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for June 26 at 9 a.m.

Randal Michaelson, Jr., 30, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information charging him with criminal damaging, M2. The previous charge of felony vandalism was dismissed by the prosecutor for his plea to this bill of information.

Zachary Hickman, 23, Delphos, changed his plea to guilty to aggravated trafficking drugs, F3, aggravated possession of drugs, F3, and illegal conveyance of controlled substance into the jail, F3. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for June 18 at 1:30 p.m.


Jeffery Craft, 35, Van Wert, was sentenced for possession of cocaine, F5, and possession of heroin, F5.

Ryan Miller, 29, Van Wert, was sentenced for theft, F5. He was sentenced to 90 days jail with work release, ordered to pay partial appointed counsel fees, costs, and restitution to the victim by paying her $1,000 plus redeeming two rings from Cashland.

Terry Sites, 48, Van Wert, was sentenced for domestic violence, M1. He was sentenced to two years of community control, no contact with victim, 75 days jail beginning May 16 at 10 a.m. with work release, 30 days jail at later date, 50 hours community service, mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment, one year intensive probation, and ordered to pay monthly probation fee and court costs.

Timothy Taylor, 36, Van Wert, was sentenced for passing bad checks, M1. He was sentenced t: 90 days jail, credit for one day served, must report to jail or be on electronic house arrest by 9 a.m. on May 20. He also must pay restitution to a business of $1,121.41, a fine of $100, partial appointed counsel fees, and costs.