Montezuma man jailed for vehicle theft, meth possession

By Suzanne Williams swilliamsprairiepress@gmail.com
Posted 2/12/20

An Indiana man was jailed after being accused of stealing an automobile from a local car dealership.

Dewayne A. Mathas, 33, Montezuma, Ind., appeared in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff’s …

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Montezuma man jailed for vehicle theft, meth possession

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An Indiana man was jailed after being accused of stealing an automobile from a local car dealership.

Dewayne A. Mathas, 33, Montezuma, Ind., appeared in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department for the Jan. 30 criminal traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court. He was charged with a Class 2 felony theft of a motor vehicle and a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. His motion for a personal recognizance bond was denied. Bond was set at $15,000 with a special condition to have no contact with Iron Wheels. Mathas was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Other individuals appearing before the bench for Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 court calls included:

 

In custody

-Dustin Halfacre, 33, Rockville, Ind., appeared in custody. A presentencing investigation was ordered for the petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. The matter was continued for the sentencing hearing. Halfacre was remanded to custody.

-Gustavo Hernandez Jr., 26, Raymondville, Texas, appeared in custody and entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing from police and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 25 days previously served, two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a second felony charge and a Class A misdemeanor reckless driving charge.

In another matter, Hernandez pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs, various state fees, ordered to obtain 75 hours of counseling and was banned from consuming alcohol or entering establishments that sell alcohol. He was remanded to custody on a Texas-parole hold.

-Austin D. Toler, 32, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $6,000. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Toler’s bond conditions include he is to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

 

Charges

-Dale W. Colter, 38, Paris, was charged with a Class 2 felony theft. He told the court he will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Blane A. Grimes, 28, 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 before Grimes denied the petition. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Bret D. Jefferies, 27, Rosedale, Ind., was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Paul S. Strange, 47, 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 and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Joshua K. Swisher, 31, Vermilion, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor speeding. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Brittany Tresner, 30, Paris, was presented with petitions to revoke her probation sentences for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction, a Class 4 felony disorderly conduct conviction and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

 

Guilty pleas

-William R. Farrar, 40, Chrisman, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to one year of court supervision, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Joseph Wayne Graham, 37, Brocton, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Christina M. Miller, 37, Dana, Ind., pleaded guilty to a Class C misdemeanor improper use of an automobile registration charge. She was sentenced to six months of conditional discharge, a $200 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Virginia A. Ring, 63, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. She was sentenced to two years of court supervision, a $750 fine, court costs and various state fees. Ring must also obtain counseling per an evaluation.

-Jacob C. Stooksbury, 22, Paris pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor failure to notify automobile owner of damage to an unattended vehicle. He was sentenced to a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

 

Not guilty pleas

-Michael S. Gallion, 36, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class 4 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Matthew L. Hutchinson, 26, Terre Haute, Ind., pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to the charges of a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Zachary O. Winkler, 36, Charleston, denied a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

 

Other matters

-Kenneth A. Arthur, 31, Marshall, failed to appear in court. The court imposed a four-day jail sentence with good conduct credit to apply attached to his Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe conviction. A no-bond arrest warrant was issued.

-Kenny L. Husher Kanash, 29, Chrisman, was resentenced on a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. He was resentenced to 180 days in jail to be served as electronic home monitoring with work release and two years of probation. He was ordered to pay all prior financial obligations and complete any recommended counseling.

-Roman A. Komnev, 31, Chrisman, is in residential treatment and failed to appear in court. The court quashed a warrant for his arrest for missing a previous court appearance. His unresolved Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe charges were continued for a negotiated plea agreement.

 

Warrants

Warrants were issued and prepared when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Jessica L. Bond, 27, Paris; Erica L. Emerick, 44, Chrisman; Kevin M. Flight, 39, Danville; Dakota L. Livingston, 23, Paris; Carrie L. Livvix, 22, Chrisman; Ashley L. Mobley, 33, Chrisman; Avery M. Morgan, 27, Paris; Patrick C. Sharp, 32, Terre Haute, Ind.; Kenneth W. Sly, 36, Paris; Justin L Switzer, 25, Marshall; Corey D. Weaver, 31, Paris; and Jacob E. White, 34, Terre Haute, Ind.