Early November charges and pleas announced in court

By Suzanne Williams swilliamsprairiepress@gmail.com
Posted 11/16/20

The following cases were among those on the dockets for the Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court:

 

In custody

-Matts Alexander, 23, Terre Haute, …

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Early November charges and pleas announced in court

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The following cases were among those on the dockets for the Nov. 2 and Nov. 5 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court:

 

In custody

-Matts Alexander, 23, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody. He was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing and a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The public defender was appointed, and bond was set at $1,000. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference, and Matts was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Logan J. Biddle, 18, Paris, appeared in custody. His oral motion to reduce the bond to $5,000 from the original bond of $15,000 was granted. His unresolved charges of a Class 2 felony arson, a Class 2 felony burglary, two counts of a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing from police, a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, a Class A misdemeanor speeding and a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Joseph W. Christopher, 29, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating a bail bond. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Joseph R. M. Cunningham, 27, Chrisman, was in custody and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse and a Class 4 felony criminal sexual abuse. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference and he was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Foster W. Miller, 22, Paris, appeared in custody and admitted the petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a hypodermic syringe conviction. A presentencing investigation was ordered and the matter continued for the sentencing hearing. In another matter, he pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Miller was granted a personal recognizance bond and remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Joshua W. Newman, 26, Paris, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse and a Class 4 felony criminal sexual abuse. The public defender was appointed, and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody.

-Dale L. Porter, 40, Paris, was in custody and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor theft charge. He was granted a personal recognizance bond. The matter was continued for the sentencing hearing. Porter was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Kenneth W. Sly, 37, Paris, was in custody. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony burglary, a Class 3 felony forgery, a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class 4 felony domestic battery charges. His oral motion for a bond reduction was granted and bond was reduced to $10,000 from the original bond of $20,000. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference, and Sly was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Nathan B. Shear, 32, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody on a failure to appear warrant. He was released on a personal recognizance bond. Shear was transported to Coles County Sheriff’s Department to serve a 60-day jail sentence in that county.

-Keith A. Testa, 30, Paris; appeared in custody. His unresolved charges of two counts of a Class 3 felony aggravated battery and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Dylan M. Voorhees, 28, Lafayette, Ind., appeared in custody. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. In another matter, Voorhees was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a second driving on a suspended license charge. The public defender was appointed, and the matters were continued for a pretrial conference. He was granted a personal recognizance bond and remanded to custody pending release processing.

 

Charges

-Jennifer M. Dittmar, 34, Georgetown, was charged with a Class B misdemeanor speeding. She told the court she will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Frankie Doughty, no age provided, Clinton, Ind., was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound. The matter was continued for the sentencing hearing.

-Willis F. Kennedy, 57, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection after being served. He told the court he will hire an attorney and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Delia R. Townsend, 20, Danville, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed, and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Shawn M. Wilguess, 22, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Austin B. Winkler, 25, Paris, was charged with a Class 2 felony failure to register as a sex offender and a Class 4 felony criminal damage to property. The public defender was appointed, and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

 

Guilty pleas

-Connie J. Livingston, 70, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. She was sentenced to a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Ethan A. Watson, 20, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was sentenced to one year of court supervision, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was ordered to complete counseling per an evaluation.