Jeremy Paige was found guilty of violating his parole in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Monday . (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT — A Van Wert man accused of violating the terms of his parole was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being found guilty in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Monday. Jeremy Paige was found guilty of refusing to take a drug test. Paige originally denied refusing to be tested, but after a short hearing the sentence was handed down by Judge Charles D. Steele.
Paige was incarcerated in the Van Wert County Jail January 8, 2014 on a domestic violence charge when ordered to submit to a test. Paige had also violated parole by being charged with another crime while under electronically-monitored house arrest. Steele gave Paige credit for 44 days already served in custody.
A 41-year-old Van Wert woman was granted treatment in lieu of conviction after she pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin, each a felony of the fifth degree. Tausha Walsh was ordered to pay her court costs within six months and complete her drug treatment program within a year in order to possibly have the charges against her dismissed. Walsh had been charged with possessing the drugs on Sept. 12, 2014.
Robert Keipper, 18, Van Wert, was sentenced to up to six months at WORTH Center in Lima as a part of three years of community control. Keipper was charged with trafficking in drugs and breaking and entering, each a felony of the second degree.
“[Keipper] has made some poor decisions due to his drug use,” admitted attorney Dillon Staas. In addition to the rehab time, Keipper was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, serve 30 days in jail, and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Kelli Pontius, 27, Van Wert was placed on community control for three years and ordered to spend 30 days on electronically-monitored house arrest and 30 days in jail on a third-degree felony charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.
In court, Pontius told Steele about her rehabilitation efforts, and Steele agreed that it sounded like Pontius is doing everything she can to rid herself of her drug problem.
Pontius was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, give up her drivers license for six months, and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.