Robert Ericson, 52, Van Wert, was placed on three years community control for two felony assault charges Wednesday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Robert Ericson, 52, Van Wert, was placed on three years community control for two felony assault charges Wednesday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — A busy Wednesday morning at Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas saw 14 persons arraigned on various charges including former Delphos resident, Robert Fishbein, 50, who was arraigned on eight counts of violating a civil protection order. Fishbein is current housed at the Southeastern Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Ohio. Fishbein’s case was continued until Thursday morning.

Fishbein, former CEO of I & K Distributors of Delphos, was sentenced in March 2012 to three years in prison for intimidation of a witness and telephone harassment of a female former employee.

Also arraigned Wednesday were 27-year-old Chad Neal of Bluffton, Ohio and 49-year-old Jeffrey Neal of Delphos. Both men pleaded not guilty to second-degree felony felonious assault. Both Neals were released on bond with pretrial hearings set for May 21.

Forest Gordon, 49, Van Wert pleaded not guilty to two fourth-degree felony counts of complicity in falsification to obtain a concealed carry permit. He was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for May 14.



Dain Stauffer, 36, Cairo, Ohio pleaded not guilty to two counts of falsification to obtain a concealed carry permit, each a felony of the fourth degree. Stauffer was released on bond and ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on May 14.

Shane Harter, 33, Delphos, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree felony charge of burglary. Harter was released on bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 21.

Jason Zamora, 36, Antwerp, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking heroin, each of felony of the fourth degree, and one count of trafficking a counterfeit controlled substance, a felony of the fourth degree. Zamora was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond. A pretrial hearing in the case was scheduled for May 14.

Allyson Brown, 21, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession with a specification that she used a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the commission of the crime. Brown was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond or be kept on electronically-monitored house arrest until her May 14 pretrial hearing.

Joshua Allen, 41, New Haven, Indiana, pleaded a not guilty plea to three fifth-degree felony counts of possession of drugs. Allen was released on bond with a waiver of extradition. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for May 21.

Kyle Goodwin, 25, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to five felony counts. Goodwin is charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, one count of complicity to trafficking counterfeit controlled substances, a fifth-degree felony, one count of fifth-degree felony trafficking drugs, and one count of fourth-degree trafficking drugs. Goodwin was ordered held on the same bond he is under in his other pending cases in Common Pleas Court. A pretrial hearing is set for May 14.

Jai L. Martin, 41, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty plea to trafficking heroin, a felony of the fifth degree. Martin was released on bond and was ordered to attend a May 14 pretrial hearing.

Steven Parsons, Jr., 35, Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs, and fifth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. Parsons was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for May 21.

Kari Hatfield, 24, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, a felony of the fifth degree, and complicity to trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances, a felony of the fourth degree. Hatfield was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for May 14.

Andrew Taylor, 28, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Taylor was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for May 14.

Also on Wednesday morning, an Elida man pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony theft. Todd Wheeler, 43, then requested treatment in lieu of conviction. Judge Charles D. Steele granted the request. Wheeler now has one year to complete his court-ordered counseling program.

Jacquelyn Forthman, 25, Ohio City, appeared for violating her treatment program by testing positive for heroin and cocaine. Forthman denied the allegations. A hearing will be schedule to investigate the matter further.

A Van Wert man was sentenced in two separate cases. Ryan Miller, 24, was sentenced to three years of community control, including up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima, 39 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, and a drivers license suspension of six months on two counts of fifth-degree felony theft and one count of fifth-degree felony theft by deception, and fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs. Miller must also pay $1,590 in restitution to U.S. Bank, and pay fees and court costs. He was allowed out on bond until he enters the WORTH Center. Nine months of prison time was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Roger Hibbard, 37, Paulding, was placed on community control for one year on a misdemeanor domestic violence. As part of community control, Hibbard must serve 90 days in jail, complete 200 hours of community service, and have no contact with the victim in the case. He must also pay all fees and court costs. A 180-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Robert Ericson, 52, Van Wert was placed on three years of community control on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, and a fourth-degree felony assault. As part of the community control sanctions, Ericson must complete a six-week inpatient treatment program at Veterans Administration facility in Toledo, serve 30 days in jail and 200 hours of community service, and pay all fees and court costs.

Ericson’s attorney told the court that his client had been taking nearly 50 types of medication for a variety of issues, including severe depression and bi-polar disorder at the time of the incidents. Ericson was ordered held in jail until beginning the rehabilitation program.

David Leaser, 37, Van Wert, was placed on community control for three years and was given a 30-day jail sentence, 200 hours of community service and a six-moth drivers license suspension on a fifth-degree felony charge of heroin possession. Leaser was also ordered to forfeit a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck used in the commission of the crime. He must also pay all fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Jordan Vickery, 30, Middle Point, was granted judicial release from prison. Vickery had been serving a sentence for identity fraud. He was place on three years of community control, with up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima, plus 30 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, and fees and court costs, plus an unspecified amount of restitution. Vickery had been sentenced in February. The remainder of his 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control. He was ordered held until entering the WORTH Center.