James Reynolds of Continental is led into the courtroom in the Van Wert County Courthouse Wednesday morning. Reynolds is accused of robbery in the holdup of Rambler’s Roost in December. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
James Reynolds of Continental is led into the courtroom in the Van Wert County Courthouse Wednesday morning. Reynolds is accused of robbery in the holdup of Rambler’s Roost in December. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — A Continental man charged with robbery was arraigned Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. James R. Reynolds, 35, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree felony charge of robbery in connection with his alleged part in the robbing of Rambler’s Roost on Lincoln Highway near Middle Point on Dec. 15.

A second man, and alleged accomplice, Trent Webster, was sentenced for robbery and grand theft on May 28. Webster was sentenced to spend 24 months behind bars in the case. In court, Webster argued that Reynolds had forced him to rob the store under threat of going in and “shooting up the place.”

No bail was set in this case since Reynolds is already incarcerated in prison on other charges. A pretrial hearing in this case is scheduled for June 25.

Also arraigned was Mindy L. Reynolds, 34, Continental, who was charged with complicity to robbery also , a felony of the second degree. Both Mindy and James Reynolds face up to eight years in prison if convicted. Mindy Reynolds will be present for a her own pretrial hearing June 25. She was released on bond.



Other arraignments on Wednesday included Andrew Thomas, 32, Ohio City. Thomas was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond after pleading not guilty to, escape, a felony of the fifth degree. Thomas is accused of leaving a supervised work detail. His pretrial hearing will be June 25.

Aaron Joseph, 26, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony trafficking heroin, and fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs. Joseph, who is being held on other charges in Athens County, had no bond set in Van Wert County, and must appear for a pretrial hearing on July 2.

Robert L. King, 35, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to domestic violence, a felony of the third degree. King was released on bond with order that he have no contact with the alleged victim in the case. A July 9 pretrial hearing will be held in the case.

Eric R. Shaffer, 38, Van Wert, was arraigned on a fourth-degree felony charge of grand theft. Shaffer was released on bond with a July 2 pretrial hearing placed on the schedule.

Justine Jerome, 28, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. She was released on bond and ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on July 2.

Roger Hibbard, 37, Paulding, pleaded not guilty to three counts of telecommunications harassment, each a felony of the fifth degree. Hibbard was ordered held on a $1,000 bond and a no contact order was issued to keep Hibbard from contacting the alleged victim in this case. A pretrial hearing is set for June 25.

A Fort Wayne man entered not guilty pleas to fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor OVI charges. Gregory K. Tackett, 31, Ft. Wayne, was released on bond. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for July 9.

Trinity J. Snyder, 33, Van Wert, was arraigned on a third-degree felony charge of abduction, and a misdemeanor domestic violence count. Snyder was ordered held on a $10,000 bond with ten percent privilege and a no contact order toward the alleged victim in this case. A pretrial hearing will be held June 25.

Justin R. Taylor, 28, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. Released on surety bond, Pretrial 7/9/14 @ 8 am

Justin L. Snyder, 34, Van Wert, was arraigned for fourth-degree felony assault. Snyder was ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond with ten percent privilege. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for June 25.

Wayne C. Toth, 51, Elyria, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree. Toth was released on bond, with a pretrial hearing scheduled for July 9.

The case of Lewis Buckner, 57, Van Wert, was continued for further arraignment at a later date. He was released on bond.

Also on Wednesday, Daniel Burke, 39, Reynoldsburg, was sentenced to five years in prison on a second-degree felony burglary charge. Burke was given credit for 223 days already served in this case. This sentence will run concurrent with a sentence from Hardin County. He must also pay court costs. Burke was charged in connection with a daytime burglary in Pleasant Township where Burke took items from a home while an accomplice distracted the homeowner in the front yard.

Also sentenced was Chad Neal, 27, Bluffton, Ohio, who was sentenced to six months in prison for aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree. Neal was given credit for 67 days already served, but was ordered to pay court costs.

Earlier this week Brandon Turner, 28, Sidney, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for third-degree felony drug possession. This sentence is to be served concurrently with his seven-month sentence from Shelby County in an unrelated case. Turner must also pay court costs. He was given 78 days credit for time already served.

And Jeremy Lindeman, 32, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by consuming alcohol and not reporting to probation. He was placed on community control for three years and ordered to serve a 60-day and a 30-day jail sentence. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

In other cases on Wednesday, Christopher Britt, 24, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted possession of morphine. The charge was reduced from a fifth-degree felony. Sentencing is set for July 30.

Sean Sprouse, 34, Paulding, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony drug possession and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction. Sprouse’s case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.

Steven Parsons, Jr., 35, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. A second count of the same charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea. Parsons, Jr. faces up to 12 months in prison at his July 23 sentencing.

Shane Harter, 33, Delphos, pleaded guilty to a third-degree charge of burglary in a plea deal. Harter was originally charged with a second-degree felony burglary count. Sentencing is set for July 23.

Michael Speakman, 22, Willshire, centered a guilty plea to telecommunications fraud, a fifth-degree felony. Sentencing was be held July 23.

Arnold Deleon, 44, Convoy, pleaded guilty to OVI, sixth offense, a felony of the fourth degree. Deleon faces up to 18 months in prison at his July 23 sentencing.