New in the Edgar Circuit Court

By Suzanne Williams swilliamsprairiepress@gmail.com
Posted 11/21/22

The following people were among those who had cases scheduled for the Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court:

In custody

Duane A. Beachy, 36, Humbolt, was …

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New in the Edgar Circuit Court

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The following people were among those who had cases scheduled for the Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court:

In custody

Duane A. Beachy, 36, Humbolt, was in custody of the Coles County Sheriff’s Department. He pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe and was sentenced to a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was remanded to custody.

Gauge Davis, 19, Paris, appeared in custody. The Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor charges were continued for a pretrial conference. In another matter, Davis pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor violating a bail bond and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges. He will remain in custody pending posting of bond.

Joshua D. Doty, 36, Brazil, Ind., appeared in custody. The Class 2 felony possession of stolen property and a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine were continued for a pretrial conference. Doty was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Curtis H. Harbour, 38, Chrisman, was in custody and charged with a Class 3 felony aggravated battery and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. He waived his right to an attorney at the bond hearing. Bond was set at $5,000. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He will remain in custody pending posting of bond.

John Herbek, 49, Paris, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. The Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing to motor vehicle charge was continued for a pretrial conference. He will remain in custody pending posting of bond.

Billi G. Kollman, 32, Paris, appeared in custody. The unresolved Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge was continued for a pretrial conference. Kollman was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Levi Maxwell, 18, Paris, was in custody and charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating a bail bond. The public defender was appointed, and bond was set at $3,000. Maxwell was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim and a first appearance with counsel was set. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Dale L. Porter, 42, Paris, appeared in custody. The Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge was continued for a pretrial conference. In another matter, the petition to revoke the conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor theft conviction was continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Charges

Brandy S. Barnes, 29, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. Barnes waived the right to an attorney and a pretrial conference was scheduled.

Garrett J. Collins, 26, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor canceled automobile registration. He waived the right to an attorney and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Stanton T. Hanks, 31, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. The public defender was appointed, and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Kaylee L.M. Ford, no age provided, Paris, was presented with and denied petitions to revoke the probation sentences for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia convictions. The case went to the public defender, and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Sarah Lynn Hall, 34, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. The public defender was appointed, and Hall denied the petition. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Joseph M. Harris, 21, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. He waived the right to be represented by an attorney and a pretrial conference was scheduled.

Jeffrey P. Seafler, 52, Kansas, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed, and a pretrial conference was scheduled.

Ronald L. Stepp, 57, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license revoked conviction. The public defender was appointed, and a pretrial conference was scheduled.

Bryton C. Walton, 19, Clinton, Ind., was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and a Class B misdemeanor speeding. Walton waived an attorney, and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Daniel Watson, 37, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor speeding. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. Watson told the court he will hire an attorney. A pretrial conference was set.

Guilty pleas

Elijah L. Board, 19, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor speeding charge. He was sentenced to a $200 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Mark E. Childress, 64, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for eight days previously served and 76 days are to be served as electronic home monitoring with the remaining 90 days subject to stayed jail time, two years of probation, a $600 fine, court costs and various state fees.  In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. 

In a second case, Childress pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for two days previously served with 86 days to be served as electronic home monitoring and the remaining 90 days are subject to stayed jail time to be served consecutively with the previous conviction, two years of probation, a $600 fine, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charge and a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge.

Jackie L. Chord, 56, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Chord was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for eight days previously served with the remaining 76 days subject to stayed jail time, two years of probation, a $750 fine, court costs and various state fees. Chord must obtain counseling per an evaluation. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge.

Cliff W. Diehl, 36, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke the probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. Diehl was resentenced to pay all previous financial obligations.

Robert A. Newby, 57, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail with good conduct credit to apply subject to stayed jail time, one year of conditional discharge, 240 hours of community service work, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Michael L. Trover, 54, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor expired drivers license charge. He was sentenced to a $200 fine, court costs and state fees.

Jacob K. Wernz, 31, no address provided, pleaded guilty to two counts of a Class 4 felony unauthorized possession of a license plate charges. He was sentenced to 26 days in jail with good conduct credit to apply and credit for 13 days previously served, two years of probation, a combined fine of $500, court costs and various state fees. The state dismissed a Class 4 felony theft and a Class A misdemeanor theft charges.

Not guilty pleas

Roy A. Collings, 55, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony aggravated driving on a revoked license charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Jeremiah R. Mason, 44, Paris, failed to appear in court. His motion to continue was denied. In his absence, the preliminary hearing was held and the public defender pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to Class 4 felony unlawful use of a debit card charge. An arrest warrant was issued.

Other matters

Eric V. Haddix, 51, Paris, learned the court imposed a five-day jail sentence attached to his Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs conviction. 

Warrants

Warrants were prepared when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Roy A. Collings, 55, Georgetown and Micah L. Hall, 32, Salem, Ind.