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Thursday, July 08, 2010 10:20 AM

The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:

Sentencing hearings
Joshua Hurles, 21, Spencerville, was placed on two years of community control when he was sentenced by Judge Steele on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree.
Hurles was been arrested after he sold marijuana to an undercover agent working for the West Central Crime Task Force. The undercover drug operation was conducted in Delphos.
Hurles was ordered to serve a 30-day jail sentence at a time to be determined by his supervision officer and be on 30 days of electronic monitored house arrest. He must undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete any rehabilitation program recommended. Hurles had his drivers license suspended for a period of six month and pay all costs associated with his case.
Judge Steele also handed Hurles an eight-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the prison sentence pending the successful completion of community control.
Otto Masters, II, 21, Van Wert, was sentenced to a twelve month prison sentence on a burglary charge, a felony of the fourth degree.
Masters was charged with the crime after he allegedly broke into a home occupied by a former girl friend of his according to a Van Wert City Police Department investigation.
Masters was given credit for 55 days he spent in the Van Wert County Jail awaiting final disposition of his case.
Robert Adkins, 31, Haviland, was placed on three years of community control on a two count indictment charging him with breaking and entering, both counts felonies of the fifth degree.
Adkins was also given two six month prison terms with the imposition of the prison terms deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program.
Jerry A. Dominique, 45, Van Wert, was placed on three years of community control on a charge of possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.
Dominique was arrested by the Van Wert City Police Department after a traffic stop at which time he was in possession of heroin.
Dominique will have two years of intensive supervision, must complete a substance abuse program and attend any rehabilitation programs recommended. Dominique had his drivers license suspended for six months and was ordered to pay all costs associated with his case.
Judge Steele also gave Dominique a 12-month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program.

Change of plea hearings
Sandra Hughes, 60, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Aug. 18.
Heaven Buell, 23, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of theft of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree and asked to be placed on Treatment in Lieu of Conviction.
Judge Steele granted her motion for treatment in lieu of conviction. Buell was ordered to be supervised by the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department for a period of one year while she completes the treatment program.
Failure to complete the treatment program can result in a prison sentence, successfully completing the program can result in the sealing of the criminal record in the case.
Terry G. Warren, Van Wert, appeared on a violation of his community control for refusing to participate in the WORTH Center program.
Judge Steele sentenced Warren to serve a two year prison sentence originally given him and gave him credit for 452 days he had served in jail awaiting final disposition of his case.
Teresa Wood, Van Wert, was sentenced to serve an 11-month prison sentence for testing positive for use of heroin and failing to report to her supervision officer since May 10.
Wood had been previously sentenced on a drug related charge and had attended a rehabilitation program but continued to use drugs.
Judge Steele gave her credit for 111 days she had served in jail awaiting the final disposition of her case.
Jimmie D. Vibbert, 40, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Vibbert was charged with causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Aug. 4.

 

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