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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge Charles D. Steele has release the following report of the court’s activities for the month of December, 2013.

Seven 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 31 criminal pretrial conferences, 15 defendants were convicted as a result of trial or guilty pleas. Thirteen motion hearings were held. There were no criminal jury trials.

Judge Steele traveled to Darke County where he has been assigned on two cases for the presiding judge there. Seven search warrants were signed by Judge Steele in December, 2013. Sixteen 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. Eleven 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 273 probationers presently under community control sanctions and defendants released on bond pending disposition of pending criminal proceedings. There were 463 required reporting visits by probationers and defendants on bond. The department conducted 9 drug tests, and there were 148.3 hours of community service work completed by probations under supervision of the probation department.

No probationers had his/her probation revoked for violations of community control sanctions. Two defendants had his/her bond revoked for violation of bond conditions. Four probationers successfully completed his/her terms of probation and were released. The court collected $7,216.82 in fines and court costs.

Judge Steele reported 19 civil cases were filed during the month. The court conducted no trials to court, held 12 civil pretrial conferences, and heard 15 motions. Four cases were dismissed due to the parties reaching a settlement. Judgment was rendered in 9 cases. Two cases were terminated by summary judgment. There were no cases stayed by bankruptcy. There was one civil case referred to mediation/arbitration. There were no civil jury trials held this month.

Ten domestic relations cases were filed during the month. Domestic Relations Magistrate Joseph Quatman conducted five pretrial conferences and four hearings on motions regarding modification of custody or visitation. Two civil protective orders were filed, and there were 4 final divorce or dissolution of marriage hearings. There were no cases referred to mediation regarding issues of custody, visitation and property. The court also heard 6 cases presented by the Child Support Enforcement Agency for collection of delinquent court-ordered child support payments.