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Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:22 PM

The following individuals appeared Wednesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:    
Robert J. Fishbein, 48, Lima, charged with intimidation of a witness, a felony of the third degree, not guilty plea, was released on a bond, $150,000 cash bond with ten percent rule, along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. 
A pretrial hearing is scheduled Nov. 9. 
Larry R. Brown, 63, Delphos, charged with assault of police officer, a felony of the fourth degree, not guilty plea, released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Nov. 9. 
Thomas E. Stocklin Jr., 54, Delphos, charged with burglary, a felony of the third degree; and theft from an elderly person, a felony of the fifth degree, held on a $10,000 cash bond along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. 
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday. 
Sean Smith, 26, Van Wert, charged with endangering children, a felony of the second degree, held on a $15,000 cash bond with a ten percent privilege along with a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond. 
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
All persons appearing on Grand Jury indictments entered not guilty pleas. 
Two of the three individuals indicted with the damage to a crane, diesel powered lighting equipment and other equipment at a windmill site in July of this year which resulted in almost $500,000 damage to the equipment entered pleas of guilty to negotiated pleas. 
Kyle J. Beech, 21, Van Wert, and Dustin E. Gamble, 20, Haviland both entered guilty pleas to vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. 
Both admitted to causing damage to the portable diesel lighting equipment which had a value of more than $5,000 but less than $100,000.  
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 14. 
Garrett Dienstberger, Delphos, found to be in violation of the bond conditions by consuming alcohol. Bond modified to be placed on EMHA. Diesnstberger to be sentenced on Nov. 2.
Brandon Hershey, 24, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fourth degree.   
Hershey allegedly was involved in sexual conduct with a minor over the age of 13 but under the age of 16 during April of this year. 
Hershey faces up to 18 months in prison and would be classified a tier one sex offender requiring him to register annually with the sheriff for a period of 15 years.

 

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