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VAN WERT — The following individuals appeared on Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:

Oct. 2

Judge Martin Burchfield

ARRAIGNMENT

Larry Flory III, 36, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence, a felony 3. He was released on a surety bond and set for telephone pretrial for Oct 29.

Tuesday

Judge Martin Burchfield

Arraignments

Zachary Smith, 22, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence, a felony 4. Released on surety bond with no contact with victim. Pretrial set for Oct. 28.

Forest Houseworth III, 37, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony 2. He was released on a surety bond with pretrial set on Oct. 28.

Jesse Miller, 30, Convoy, appeared for an initial appearance on charges of improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, a felony 2, with a 3-year firearm specification; tampering with evidence, a felony 3; and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a felony 4, with a 3-year firearm specification. Bond was set at $100,000 cash or commercial surety with an order to have no contact with the victim.

Trey Jones, 23, Spencerville, entered a not guilty plea to reckless homicide, a felony 3, with a 3-year firearm specification and a specification for forfeiture of the weapon involved; using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor 1; and improperly handling weapons in a motor vehicle, a felony 4. Bond was set at $500,000 cash or commercial surety, no contact with victim’s family, and telephone pretrial set for Oct. 29.

Bond violation

Jose Sanchez, 41, Van Wert, denied violating his bond by failing to report a police contact to probation. Hearing to be set. Bond set at $25,000 cash or commercial surety.

Tuesday

Visiting Judge Keith Schierloh

Arraignment

Calahan Wolfrum, 20, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to corrupting another with drugs, a felony 2; and possession of LSD, a felony 5. Bond was set at $20,000 cash, with 10-percent privilege. Pretrial to be scheduled.

Wednesday

Judge Martin Burchfield

Arraignments

Dustin Stuckey, 34, Middle Point, entered a not guilty plea to possession of fentanyl related compound, a felony 5. Released on surety bond and pretrial set for Oct. 28.

Jeremy Baer, 37, Willshire, entered a not guilty plea to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5. Released on a surety bond with pretrial set for Oct. 21.

Sentencings

Travis Dudgeon, 41, Delphos, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5. Sentenced to: three years community control, 30 days jail at later date, 100 hours community service, substance abuse assessment and treatment, two years intensive probation and was ordered to pay monthly probation fee, partial appointed counsel fees and costs.

Derek Pontius, 35, Van Wert, trespass in habitation, a felony 4; and having weapons under disability, a felony 3. Sentenced to: three years community control, up to six months at WORTH Center, substance abuse and mental health assessments and treatment, 200 hours community service, two years intensive probation and was ordered to pay monthly probation fee, partial appointed counsel fees and costs.

Changes of plea

Chad Young, 32, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to an amended charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor 1. He was then sentenced to: two days jail, credit for two days served and ordered to pay costs and partial appointed counsel fees.

Arraignment

Andrew Thomas, 38, Ohio City, entered a not guilty plea to domestic violence, a felony 3. The court set a surety bond with a no contact order with victim, as defendant as defendant is currently in prison. Pretrial set for Oct. 28.