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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021

CHANGE OF PLEA

Jesse Miller, 30, Convoy, changed his plea to guilty to an amended charge of attempted tampering with evidence, F4, and to a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, F4. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021

ARRAIGNMENTS (All entered Not Guilty Pleas)

Kitti Johnson, 33, Van Wert, was arraigned for complicity, F2, and conspiracy, F3. She was released on a surety bond, with pretrial set for Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. and a jury trial set for April 5.

James Jewell, 38, Middle Point, was arraigned for domestic violence, F4. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety plus electronic house arrest. A pretrial was set for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Donald O’Day, 44, Convoy, was arraigned for failure to comply with an order of a police officer (fleeing), F3, and vandalism, F5. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety. A pretrial was set for Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Brandon Decker, 23, Van Wert, was arraigned for domestic violence, F4. Bond set at $25,000 cash or commercial surety and a telephone pretrial was set for Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m.

Larry Wilson, 51, Van Wert, was arraigned for violating a protection order, F5. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety and a telephone pretrial was set for Jan. 27 at 8 a.m.

Andrew Thomas, 39, Ohio City, was arraigned for domestic violence, F3, and aggravated possession of drugs, F5. He also admitted violating his bond in his previous case by failing to report. He was released on a surety bond with an order to have no contact with two victims. A pretrial was set for Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.

Sonny Metzger, 46, Van Wert, was arraigned for involuntary manslaughter, F1, corrupting another with drugs, F2, trafficking in fentanyl compound, F5, complicity, F2, and conspiracy, F3. Bond set at $100,000 cash or commercial surety and a pretrial was set for Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. with a jury trial set for Apri 5.

Coy McConnell, 24, Van Wert, was arraigned for aggravated possession of drugs, F5. He was released on surety bond and a telephone pretrial was set for Feb. 3 at 9:15 a.m. 2/3/21

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021

ARRAIGNMENTS (All pled not guilty)

Brock Klaus, 21, Van Wert, was arraigned for grand theft, F4. He was released on a surety bond with a telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3 at 9:45 a.m.

Jeremy Workman, 40, Van Wert, was arraigned for possession of fentanyl-related compound, F5. He was released on a surety bond with a telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3 at 9:45 a.m.

Jeffrey Buckner, 45, Monroe, Indiana, was arraigned for burglary, F3, and grand theft of a firearm, F3. He was released on a surety bond and ordered not to be at a specific residence located on Wren Landeck Road. A telephone pretrial was set for Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m.

CHANGES OF PLEA

Zachary Smith, 22, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to domestic violence, F4. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Joshua Sargent, 39, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to violating a civil protection order, F5. He was then sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for 57 days served. He was ordered to pay costs and partial appointed counsel fees.

VIOLATIONS

Amber Baker, 30, Van Wert, admitted violating her probation and judicial release by failing to report to probation. She was sentenced to be returned to prison for the balance of her original 17 month sentence for the attempted conveyance of substances into a government facility and aggravated possession of drugs.