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Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:29 PM

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

Criminal Hearings 
Michael B. Reiser, 32, Convoy, was sentenced to a four-year prison term on a charge of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree. 
According to a Van Wert City Police Department investigation, Reiser allegedly got out of a vehicle in the 200 block of East Main Street at which time he made a racial slur and then struck the victim knocking him to the pavement where the victim suffered severe head injuries.  
The victim was initially treated at the Van Wert County Hospital and later transferred to Parkview Hospital to be treated for a fractured skull and a fractured jaw. 
Judge Steele found that Reiser was not amenable to community control and that prison was consistent as a penalty. Steele noted that Reiser had a very lengthy criminal history. 
Reiser was given credit for 96 days that he served in jail awaiting the final disposition of his case. 
Chad E. Kouts, 20, Van Wert, was sentenced to serve two 12-month prison sentences on two counts of breaking and Entering both counts were felonies of the fifth degree. 
Kouts and another subject were apprehended for taking property from a building on Convoy Road owned by Jerry Nihiser. The incidents took place in August.
Kouts was given two other prison terms from previous convictions for burglaries of homes in 2007. He was given a prison sentence of three years on each of those four counts that are to run concurrently with each other and concurrently to prison sentences in Paulding County. He was given credit for 676 days of jail time he had served
Matthew L. Brown, 49, Van Wert, was given a one year prison sentence on a charge of Possession of Heroin a felony of the third degree. 
Brown was arrested after a traffic stop on February 20th of this year, officer of the Van Wert City Police Department found a large amount of Heroin on Brown.
Judge Steele gave Brown one day credit for jail time served awaiting final disposition of his case. 
Kim A. Sargent, 48, Van Wert, was sentenced to three years of community service and will spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima on a charge of domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. 
Sargent allegedly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to a family or household member on May 16. 
Sargent had a previous conviction for domestic violence. 
He was ordered to pay all costs associated with his case. 
A basic prison term of one year was given with the imposition of the prison sentence deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program.
Brittany R. Cousino, 22, Rockford, was placed on two years of community control on a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. 
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation Cousino was involved along with another male subject in the theft of scrap railroad materials in July from railroad property in Ohio City. 
Cousino was ordered to pay costs associated with her case and also was given a six-month prison sentence with the imposition of the prison sentence deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program. 

Arraignments
Lukas A Mortemore was arraigned on charges of identity fraud and forgery, both counts were felonies of the fifth degree.  
Mortemore entered pleas of not guilty to the charges and was given an unsecured personal surety bond. Mortemore presently is in prison on other charges.  
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Nov. 24. 
Larry Wilson, 41, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a Bill of Information charging him with obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered with sentencing scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 1. 
Zacharia German, 23, Wapakoneta, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of burglary and theft from an elderly person. 
German was released on a personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 15. 

Community Control Violation 
Michael Whisman, Van Wert, denied that he violated the conditions of his community control. 
Judge Steele is assigning the case for a hearing at a later date. Whisman remains held in the Van Wert County Jail. 

Change of Plea Hearing 
Zacharia J. Young, 23, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled the case for sentencing for 9 a.m. on Dec. 1. 
Joel L. Crawford entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with four counts of grand theft. 
Crawford then asked in a motion to the court for treatment in lieu of conviction, which was granted by Judge Steele.
Crawford will be in a rehabilitation program for one year and he was ordered to pay the costs of the treatment program. Failure to successfully complete the program could result in a prison sentence.  
Charles Love, 22, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree, and then requested in a motion for treatment in lieu of conviction, which was granted by Judge Steele. 
Love will be involved in a rehabilitation program and was ordered to pay the cost of the rehabilitation program. Failure to successfully complete the program could result in a prison sentence. 
Elizabeth Wyatt, Marion, was in court on a Motion for Judicial Release, she was granted judicial release from prison but ordered to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima.  
Wyatt will be on community control for a period of three years under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department. The balance of a four year prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program.

 

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