Anthony Oliver and his attorney listen during Oliver’s change of plea hearing Wednesday in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Oliver pleaded guilty to burglary as part of a plea deal. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Anthony Oliver and his attorney listen during Oliver’s change of plea hearing Wednesday in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Oliver pleaded guilty to burglary as part of a plea deal. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT — A Van Wert man pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and breaking and entering in connection involving two separate locations in Van Wert. Anthony Oliver, 19, took a plea deal and agreed to plead to a fourth-degree felony and a fifth-degree felony charge. The burglary charge was reduced from a third-degree charge and two breaking and entering charges were dropped in exchange for his plea.

Oliver was charged in connection with a November 2013 incident on N. Cherry St. and a series of occurrences at a separate address in January. He faces up to 30 months in prison when he is sentenced on April 30.

Jeremy Lindeman, 32, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by testing positive for drugs. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles D. Steele again sentenced Lindeman to three years of community control with an additional 90-day jail sentence. Steele stated that he would consider suspending the jail time if Lindeman were to enter an inpatient drug treatment facility. Lindeman was originally charged with drug possession. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Beth McCarthy, 44, Convoy, admitted to violating probation in two separate cases by not reporting to the probation office. Steele sentenced McCarthy was sentenced to a total of 218 days in jail between the sentences in each case. In addition, a nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.



Christopher Britt, 24, Van Wert, was arraigned Monday on a fifth-degree felony charge of drug possession. Britt pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for April 16.

Allyson Brown, 21, Van Wert, was arraigned Wednesday for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree. Brown pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing has been set for April 2.

A Delphos woman pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony drug possession and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction. Kaitlin Russell, 18, now has one year to complete her rehabilitation program to avoid being sentenced on this charge. An earlier charge of fourth-degree felony corrupting another with drugs was dismissed in exchange for her plea.

Also on Wednesday, a hearing for Mary Showman, 52, Van Wert, to be shown eligible for a public defender was held. Showman is facing a fourth-degree felony charge of domestic violence. She claimed she is eligible for a public defender, but Steele found that Showman did not meet the guidelines and would have to hire her own attorney at her own expense.