Accused arsonist gets bond reduction

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The woman accused of setting fire to a two-story home in Paris appeared in custody for the July 1 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court and was granted a bond reduction.

Sierra A. Maus, 28, Terre Haute, Ind., was in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department for the court appearance. She is charged with a Class 1 felony residential arson and her bond was reduced to $25,000 from the original $50,000 amount. Maus was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Other individuals appearing before the bench on July 1 included:

In custody

-Ryan L. Littleton, 25, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 2 felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of a Class 3 felony unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000. The public defender was assigned to the case and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

In another matter, Littleton’s unresolved Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charge was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Robert J. Lovell, 22, Chrisman, appeared in custody and probable cause was found to charge him with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference and Lovell was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Zamion McMahan, 24, Charleston, appeared in custody for missing a previous court date. His unresolved Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge was continued for a pretrial conference, and he was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Amber Osborne, 41, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody. The court determined her probation sentence for a Class 2 felony delivery of methamphetamine conviction was unsuccessfully terminated. She was found in default of payments and the matter was referred to collections. She was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Allen Scott Sitkiewicz, 42, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was set at $10,000 and the public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Charges

-Megan C. Cusick, 23, Paris, was charged with a Class 4 felony theft. The public defender was appointed and a not guilty plea with a jury trial demand was entered. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Blake German, 20, Paris, was charged with a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He told the court he will hire an attorney and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Melinda M. LaBaume, 42, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. She told the court she will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

nJacob L. Neibarger, 23, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his court supervision sentence for a Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. The public defender was appointed. A first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Jessica Lynn Wallace, 38, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Haley M. Whitley, 18, Paris, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft. She was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. She was ordered to have no contact with Dollar General.

-Alisha N. Young, 26, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer conviction. She waived her right to be represented by an attorney and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Guilty pleas

-Kip M. Pesavento, 50, Terre Haute, Ind., admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. His first offender probation was revoked and the matter was continued for a sentencing hearing.

-Nathaniel E. Schumacher, 22, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. A presentencing investigation was ordered and the matter was continued for a sentencing hearing. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Not guilty pleas

-Thomas F. Barnes, 37, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Anthony J. Tucker, 34, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Brittany N. Wilson, 28, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Other matters

-Christian Jamar Givens, 34, Indianapolis, Ind., failed to appear in court. The court imposed a 10-day-jail sentence attached to his Class A misdemeanor speeding conviction. A no-bond arrest warrant was issued.

-Dallas E. Peterson, 38, Paris, was found in violation of petitions to revoke his conditional discharge sentences for a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery conviction and a Class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon conviction. The matter was continued for a sentencing hearing.

Warrants

-Warrants were ordered prepared and issued when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Travis L. Carty, 38, Paris; Sarah Lynn Hall, 31, Paris; Craig W. Kestner, 28, Carol Stream; Dustin P. Scott, 29, Robinson; Patrick M. Thompson, 54, Kansas; and William J. Wimsett, no age provided, Paris.