Roger Hibbard was sentenced Wednesday on three counts of attempted telecommunications harassment. The three 180-day jail sentences are to be served consecutively. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Roger Hibbard was sentenced Wednesday on three counts of attempted telecommunications harassment. The three 180-day jail sentences are to be served consecutively. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — A Paulding man was sentenced to serve three consecutive 180-day jail sentences for illegally calling and attempting to contact his estranged wife. Roger Hibbard, 37, was sentenced for three counts of attempted telecommunications harassment, each a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Hibbard’s attorney, Dylan Staas, told the court that his client had indeed called his wife, but thought that when we was told not to call anymore that meant he couldn’t call again on that day.

“I’ll be 38 years old, Your Honor, and I’ve screwed up my life a lot, and I’d like a chance to fix it.,” Hibbard told the court.

The victim in the case had a different view, calling Hibbard a “pathological liar,” and abusive.



“Roger has threatened my life and the lives of my entire family, saying that he would save me for last,” she stated. “I have tried, both individually and with the help of community resources to help Roger seeks his psychological treatment and counseling therapy. He’s refused everything, saying ‘I don’t believe it’.”

Hibbard was given credit for 12 days in custody already served.

Ryan Schaadt, 29, Van Wert, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. Schaadt has been getting therapy in Celina, but has not taken part in counseling. His attorney asked for Schaadt to be placed on community control to continue therapy, but Judge Charles D. Steele read a list of offenses committed by Schaadt the last time we was allowed to seek counseling. According to Steele, Schaadt had not returned directly to the jail in May after an interview at the Department of Job and Family Services office, he failed a drug test after going for a consultation with a physician. In July he was caught hiding medication in the waistband of his pants, and he was caught smoking in the jail.

“I don’t think you’re ready to start the program yet,” the judge said flatly.

Schaadt was given credit for 90 days already served in this case. He was also ordered to pay court costs.as 18 months prison credit for 90 days already served. He was also ordered to pay court costs.

A Convoy man had his drivers license suspended for 10 years as the result of a fourth-degree felony OVI conviction on Wednesday. 45-year-old Arnold DeLeon was also placed on community control for five years, was sentenced to a 180-day and a 60-day jail term, and was fined $1,550. DeLeon must also perform 200 hours of community service and pay court costs. An 18-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Shane Harter of Delphos was given a six-month-jail term as part of three years of community control. Harter was sentenced on a third-degree felony count of burglary, and was ordered to pay $260 restitution, fees and court costs. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. A 24-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Steven Parsons, 35, Van Wert, was sent to the WORTH Center in Lima for up to six months as part of three years of community control on a conviction for aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Parsons must also serve60 days in jail, give up his drivers license for six months, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion or community control.

Also on Wednesday, Aaron Joseph, 26, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. A fifth-degree felony heroin trafficking charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea. Sentencing is set for August 27.

Shad Boyd, 38, Lima, was arraigned Wednesday on three counts of fifth-degree felony possession of drugs with a specification that he used $472 cash in the commission of the crime. Boyd entered a not guilty plea and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 29.

Two Van Wert men on Tuesday each admitted violating the conditions of their parole. Adam Stripe, 37, admitted to using heroin and failing to report to his probation officer. Stripe was re-sentenced to three years of community control plus a 60 day jail term to be served immediately and another 60 days to be served at a later date. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control. Meanwhile, Michael Whisman, 23, admitted to testing positive for opiates and marijuana. Whisman was re-sentenced to three years of community control under the same conditions and was given a 60-day jail term. Consecutive prison sentences of 18 months and of 12 months were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.