VAN WERT – Van Wert County court news for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, and Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Judge Martin Burchfield heard the following cases in Van Wert Common Pleas Court:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1918

CHANGE OF PLEA

possession of Drugs, F5, and Possession of Cocaine, F5. He then requested and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.

BOND VIOLATION

Christopher Bird, 40, Van Wert, denied violating his bond by failing to report to probation. Hearing was set for Jan. 26, 2018.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018

SENTENCING

Brittney Wilson, 22, Van Wert, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, F5. He was sentenced to 5 years community control, up to 6 months at WORTH Center, 200 hours community service, 30 days jail at later date, substance abuse assessment and treatment, 3 years intensive probation, and ordered to pay monthly probation fee and court costs.

Stephany Wilson, 25, Van Wert, was charged with complicity to aggravated possession of drugs, F3. She was sentenced to 5 years community control, WORTH Center, 200 hours community service, 30 days jail at later date, substance abuse assessment and treatment, 3 years intensive probation, and ordered to pay monthly probation fee and court costs.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018

ARRAIGNMENT

Emily Caton, 37, Franklin, Ohio, entered a not guilty plea to grand theft of a motor vehicle, F4. She was released on a surety bond with pretrial set for Feb. 14, 2018 at 8 a.m.

CHANGES OF PLEAS

John Ashbaugh, 44, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to trafficking drugs, F5, trafficking marijuana, F5, and aggravated trafficking drugs, F3. Five others similar charges were dismissed for his plea. The Court ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Johnathon McBride, 23, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to domestic violence, F4. The Court ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Drew Gaskill, 22, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, F5, and possession of cocaine, F5. He then requested and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.

Justin Murphy, 30, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to vandalism, F5. Defendant requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to 180 days jail from Jan. 18, 2018, restitution $500, and ordered to pay costs and partial appointed counsel fees.

PROBATION VIOLATION

Josh McGinnis, 36, Delphos, admitted to violating his probation by failing to report to probation. He was sentenced to 5 years community control under the same conditions plus 30 days jail from today, additional 30 days jail at a later date, complete all programs ordered, pay costs and monthly probation fee.

BOND VIOLATION

Chad Fisher, 41, Van Wert, admitted to violating his bond by failing to report to probation. New bond set at $10,000 cash or commercial surety and sentencing set for Feb. 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.