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Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:30 AM

Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge Charles D. Steele has released the following report of the court’s activities for the month of July, 2010.
Thirteen 13 defendants were arraigned on felony criminal charges as a result of indictments issued by the Grand Jury or Bills of Information presented by the prosecuting attorney. The court conducted 26 criminal pretrial conferences, 18 defendants were convicted as a result of trial or guilty pleas. No criminal Jury Trial was held. Twelve motion hearings were held. No Trials to Court were conducted.
Two search warrants were signed by Judge Steele in July.
Fifteen defendants were sentenced to incarceration with the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (WORTH), the Van Wert County Correctional Facility, or electronically monitored house arrest. Nine defendants were placed under Community Control Intensive Supervision under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department.
The Adult Probation Department supervised a total of 191 probationers presently under Community Control Sanctions and defendants released on bond pending disposition of pending criminal proceedings. There were 209 required-reporting visits by probationers and defendants on bond. The department conducted 12 drug tests, and there were 508 hours of community service work completed by probationers under supervision.
Three probationers had their probation revoked for violations of Community Control Sanctions. Two defendants had their bonds revoked for violation of bond conditions.               
Five probationers successfully completed their terms of probation and were released. The court collected $5,419.62 in fines and court costs.
Sixty-four percent of the probationers were gainfully employed with the assistance of the probation department. The remaining 36 percent comprise probationers who are retired, under disability, laid off, or who have absconded from the county and have active arrest warrants issued against them.
Judge Steele reported 33 civil cases were filed during the month. The court conducted two trials to court, held 13 pretrial conferences, and heard 32 motions. Eight cases were dismissed due to the parties reaching a settlement. Judgment was rendered in 27 cases; 5 Cases were terminated by Summary Judgment. No civil case was referred to mediation/arbitration. No civil jury trial was held this month.
Ten domestic relations cases were filed during the month.  Domestic Relations Magistrate Joseph Quatman, conducted 12 pretrial conferences and 19 hearings on motions regarding modification of custody or visitation. Two Civil Protective Orders were filed, and there were 11 Final Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage hearings. Three cases were referred to mediation regarding issues of custody, visitation, and property. The court also heard four cases presented by the Child Support Enforcement Agency for collection of delinquent court-ordered child support payments.


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