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VAN WERT — The following individuals appeared before Judge Martin Burchfield in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:

Jan. 8

Change of plea

Jesse Miller, 30, Convoy, changed his plea to guilty to amended charge of attempted tampering with evidence, a felony 4; and to a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a felony 4. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 18.

Monday

Arraignments (all entered not guilty pleas)

Kitti Johnson, 33, Van Wert, complicity, a felony 2; and conspiracy, a felony 3. Released on surety bond, pretrial set for Jan. 25 and jury trial on April 5.

James Jewell, 38, Middle Point, domestic violence, a felony 4. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety plus electronic house arrest. Pretrial set for Jan. 15.

Donald O’Day, 44, Convoy, failure to comply with an order of a police officer (fleeing), a felony 3; and vandalism, a felony 5. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety. Pretrial set for Jan. 20.

Brandon Decker, 23, Van Wert, domestic violence, a felony 4. Bond set at $25,000 cash or commercial surety and telephone pretrial set for Jan. 25.

Larry Wilson, 51, Van Wert, violate a protection order, a felony 5. Bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety and telephone pretrial set for Jan. 27.

Andrew Thomas, 39, Ohio City, domestic violence, a felony 3; and aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5. 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 the victims. Pretrial set for Jan. 26.

Sonny Metzger, 46, Van Wert, involuntary manslaughter, a felony 1; corrupting another with drugs, a felony 2; trafficking in fentanyl compound, a felony 5; complicity, a felony 2; conspiracy, a felony 3. Bond set at $100,000 cash or commercial surety and pretrial set for Jan. 28 and jury trial on April 5.

Coy McConnell, 24, Van Wert, aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5. Released on surety bond and telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3.

Wednesday

Arraignments (all pled not guilty)

Brock Klaus, 21, Van Wert, grand theft, a felony 4. Released on surety bond, telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3.

Jeremy Workman, 40, Van Wert, possession of fentanyl related compound, a felony 5, Released on surety bond, telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3.

Jeffrey Buckner, 45, Monroe, Indiana, burglary, a felony 3; and grand theft of firearm, a felony 3. Released on surety bond, not to be at 6226 Wren Landeck Road, telephone pretrial set for Feb. 3.

Changes of plea

Zachary Smith, 22, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to domestic violence, a felony 4. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 23.

Joshua Sargent, 39, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to violating a civil protection order, a felony 5. He was then sentenced to: 180 days jail, credit for 57 days served. 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. Sentenced to be returned to prison for the balance of her original 17-month sentence for attempted conveyance of substances into a government facility and aggravated possession of drugs.