Judge Martin D. Burchfield
Judge Martin D. Burchfield

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge Martin D. Burchfield has released the following report of the court’s activities for the month of September 2017.

Fifteen defendants were arraigned on felony criminal charges as a result of indictments issued by the grand jury or bills of information presented by the prosecuting attorney. The court conducted 40 criminal pretrial conferences, nine defendants were convicted as a result of trial or guilty pleas. Seventeen motion hearings were held. There was one criminal jury trial.

Three search warrants were signed by Judge Burchfield in September 2017.

Nine defendants were sentenced to incarceration with the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (WORTH), the Van Wert County Correctional Facility or electronically monitored house arrest. Five defendants were placed under community control intensive supervision under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department.

The adult probation department supervised a total of 203 probationers presently under community control sanctions and defendants released on bond pending disposition of pending criminal proceedings. There were 403 required reporting visits by probationers and defendants on bond. The department conducted 535 drug tests, and there were 16 hours of community service work completed by probations under supervision of the probation department.

One probationer had his/her probation revoked for violations of community control sanctions. Three defendants had his/her bond revoked for violation of bond conditions. Two probationers successfully completed his/her terms of probation and were released. The court collected $2,066.75 in fines and court costs.

Judge Burchfield reported 11 civil cases were filed during the month. The court conducted one trial to court, held six civil pretrial conferences, and heard nine motions. Two cases were dismissed due to the parties reaching a settlement. Judgment was rendered in seven cases. There were two cases terminated by summary judgment. There were no cases stayed by bankruptcy. There were no civil cases referred to mediation/arbitration. There were no civil jury trials held this month.

Nine domestic relations cases were filed during the month. Domestic Relations Magistrate Joseph Quatman conducted 10 pretrial conferences and three hearings on motions regarding modification of custody or visitation. There was one civil protective order filed, and there were 10 final divorce or dissolution of marriage hearings. There was one case referred to mediation regarding issues of custody, visitation and property. The court also heard nine cases presented by the Child Support Enforcement Agency for collection of delinquent court-ordered child support payments.