The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

A total of 11 people were arraigned Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on indictments handed down last Friday by the county grand jury.

Kenneth Wright appears in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for an arraignment hearing on a multi-count indictment. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

Kenneth Wright appears in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for an arraignment hearing on a multi-count indictment. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

Of those arraigned, eight were charged in connection with a drug investigation by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.

Those arraigned include the following:

Kenneth Wright, 26, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to a five-count indictment charging him with two counts of burglary, and one count of having a weapon under disability, all third-degree felonies; attempted burglary, a felony of the fourth degree; and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. A $500,000 bond was set in the case, with 10 percent of that amount to be paid in cash, and a pretrial conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 16.

Ryan Agler, 21, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to one count each of tampering with evidence (third-degree felony), possession of drugs and obstructing official business (both felonies of the fifth degree). He was released on a personal surety bond and a pretrial conference set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 23.

Shawn Thomas, 28, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking in drugs, each a fourth-degree felony offense. He was released on a personal surety bond and a pretrial conference set for 8 a.m. October 23.

Jeremy Paige, 29, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to one count of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony. He was released on a personal surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 23.

Drew Kenney, 20, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to four counts of trafficking in drugs, all fifth-degree felonies, and one count of possession of methamphetamines, also a felony of the fifth degree. He was released on a personal surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 23.

Matthew Foehl, 28, of Convoy, pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felony offenses. The charges also include a specification that he used a 1999 Dodge Intrepid in the commission of the crimes. He was released on a surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 23.

Jacqueline Forthman, 24, of Ohio City, entered a not guilty plea to one count of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony. She was released on a personal surety bond and a pretrial conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. October 23.

Kelly Branson, 45, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree. She was released on a personal surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 23.

Taylor Lautzenheiser, 21, of Celina, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking in heroin, one a felony of the fourth degree and the other a fifth-degree felony. Also included was a specification that she used a 2003 Ford Taurus to commit the crimes. A $20,000 cash bond was set in the case and a pretrial conference scheduled for 8 a.m. October 16.

James Partin, 40, of Ohio City, pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin, all felonies of the fifth degree. He was released on a personal surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 16.

Bethany Wreath, 23, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies, and one count of each of trafficking in drugs and trafficking in counterfeit substances, each a felony of the fifth degree. She was released on a personal surety bond and a pretrial conference scheduled for 8 a.m. October 16.

Also, Wednesday, two people changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty during hearings in Common Pleas Court.

Lola Busch, 65, of Delphos, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, each a fourth-degree felony, and one third-degree felony drug trafficking charge. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 20.

Jean Sweet, 38, of Van Wert, pleaded guilty to two counts of trespass in a habitation (reduced from burglary), each a felony of the fourth degree, and one count of theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for 9 a.m. November 20.

Beth McCarthy, 44, of Convoy, also appeared for a bond violation for having a positive drug test. She denied the allegations and was ordered held without bond until a hearing can be held on the matter.

Dustyn Taylor, 22, of Convoy, was resentenced to three years of community control, with the added stipulation that he serve 90 days in jail, after admitting to violating his community control program by being arrested for criminal trespass, associating with a known criminal and failing to pay restitution.

POSTED: 10/10/13 at 5:54 am. FILED UNDER: News