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

Tuesday

Judicial release hearing

Amber Owens, 35, Van Wert, was granted judicial release from her 30-month prison sentence for tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine, both felony 3. She was placed on three years community control, two years intensive probation, 30 days jail at later date, substance abuse and mental health evaluation and treatment, no alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs without a prescription. She was also ordered to pay partial appointed counsel fees, monthly probation fees and court costs.

Wednesday

Arraignment (All entered not guilty pleas)

Brandi Runyon, 29, Van Wert, possession of heroin, a felony 5; and aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5.

Released on surety bond. Pretrial set for March 3.

Sherry Ramsey, 44, Van Wert, theft, a felony 5. Released on surety bond. Pretrial set for March 1.

Ethan Mezuk, 30, Convoy, possession of heroin, a felony 5; and possession of fentanyl-related compound, a felony 5. Released on surety bond. Pretrial set for March 1.

Change of plea

Eliza Shaner, 20, Van Wert, changed her plea to guilty to obstructing justice, a felony 5. She then requested, and was granted, Intervention in Lieu of Conviction and her case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program. Cash bond continued until in-patient treatment begins.

Coy McConnell, 24, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony 5. He was then sentenced to three years community control, 200 hours community service, 30 days jail at a future date, seek employment, substance abuse and mental health assessment, two years intensive probation and was ordered to pay court costs, partial appointed counsel fees, and monthly probation fee.