Putnam County Common Pleas Court
Laurie Watt, 47, 409 W. Park St., Lafayette, pleaded guilty to attempted bribery. She faces up to 18 months in prison. Bond was continued while a pre-sentence investigation is conducted with sentencing set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21. A charge of dereliction of duty was dismissed.
Watt, a former Putnam County Corrections Officer, was charged in an incident that allegedly happened between March 2 and 4. Watt was accused of paying Putnam County Corrections Officer Richard Emry $100 to take his post for having unsupervised access to Putnam County Jail inmate William Miller and allegedly providing Miller with contraband while on duty. Watt had her employment terminated immediately in a letter signed by Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker March 6.
Jesus Alvarado Jr., 39, 205 Main St., Gilboa, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $250 for contempt of court. The jail was suspended provide he remain current in his child support payments and comply with all the guidelines established by the county child support agency.
Brandy L. Potter, 25, 1814 Dexter Ave., Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (heroin). She faces up to 12 months in prison and $2,500 in fines. Bond was continued while a pre-sentence investigation is conducted with sentencing set for 1 p.m. Oct. 31.
Selena C. Chasco, 23, Marysville, was granted judicial release and remanded to the WORTH Center. She was placed on five years community control, must obtain and maintain employment and complete all counseling and treatment prescribed. She had been convicted of felonious assault.
Joseph S. Saldana, 32, 300 E. Main St., Belmore, was sentenced to 90 days jail for violating the terms of supervision. The violations included not reporting to court-ordered supervision from June 1, 2016 through Aug. 1, 2018. He must obtain and maintain employment, and complete all counseling and treatment recommended. He had been convicted of felonious non-support.
Visiting Judge Dale A. Crawford granted supplemental attorney fees and costs in the amount of $10,739.09 in the Road 5 civil case. On May 2, 2016, Judge Crawford awarded a total of attorney fees of $611,375,00 to the plaintiffs, Patrick Brothers, Leipsic, against the board of Putnam County Commissioners, which was paid in late 2016. An additional motion for supplemental attorney fees was filed on Dec. 17, 2017. Attorney Daniel T. Ellis will receive $5,148; Matthew Cunningham - $5,239.29 and Linde Hurst Webb - $3,378.
The commissioners were sued for violating Ohio’s public record and open meeting laws. The lawsuit was filed when the commissioners used eminent domain to expand Road 5 from 20 to 24 feet. But property owners argued they were not given notice of the appropriation or given a chance to object. In June 2014, the Third District Court of Appeals ruled the commissioners violated the Ohio Sunshine and Open Records laws regarding the Road 5 lawsuit. The appeals court also ruled the county is responsible for the defendant’s legal fees including attorney fees and court costs.
Steven C. Buettner, Fort Jennings, Yvonne Buettner, Fort Jennings, and Brent Buettner, Fort Jennings, v. William J. Wildenhaus, Ottawa, Kurt Sahloff, Ottawa; other civil (excess of $25,000).
Tonya S. Deitering, Ottawa, and William E. Deitering, Ottawa, v. Jessica L. Courtney, Bluffton; personal injury (excess of $25,000).
Dennis A. Sheets, Continental, and Lori Sheets, Continental, v. Trevor K. Neuenschwander, Archbold; personal injury (excess of $25,000).
Marvin R. Bird, Waverly, v. Sarah D. Morrison, administrator of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Columbus, and Great Oaks Transportation, Inc., Ottawa; workers’ compensation.
Jeffrey J. Whitman, Findlay, and Sharon L. Whitman, Findlay; dissolution of marriage without children.
Putnam County Municipal Court
Kyle J. Landwehr, 22, 8165 Road 12, Ottawa, pleaded guilty to first-offense OVI. Sentence: Six points, 180 days jail, 177 days suspended, $750 fine, $375 suspended, one-year license suspension, with credit for three days jail upon completion of DIP.
Bradley A. Breece, 29, 8266 Road J6, Ottawa, pleaded no contest to first-offense OVI and was found guilty. Sentence: Six points, 180 days jail, 174 days suspended, $750 fine, $375 suspended, one-year license suspension and complete drug/alcohol assessment and abide by recommendations, with credit for six days jail upon completion of DIP.
Troy L. Weidman, 46, 3321 Wonder Ave., Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to first-offense OVI. Sentence: Six points, 180 days jail, 165 days suspended, $750 fine, $375 suspended, three-year license suspension and complete drug/alcohol assessment and abide by recommendations. He also pleaded to passing bad checks. Sentence: 180 days jail, 178 days suspended, $100 fine, pay restitution of $60.90 to Tabler’s Drive Thru, Columbus Grove. He also pleaded guilty to three other counts passing bad checks. Sentence: 180 days jail, suspended, each count, $100 fine, suspended, each count, pay restitution of $54 to Tabler’s Drive Thru, $69.05 to Rainbow Party Shop, and $88.91 to Alt’s Party Shop, all in Columbus Grove. Charges of failure to reinstate and turn signals were dismissed.
Zachary L. Smith, 23, 10480 Township Road 114, Van Buren, pleaded guilty to reckless operation. Sentence: $150 fine. He was also fined $150 for speeding.
Putnam County Municipal Court judgments
Midland Funding, LLC, Columbus, default judgment v. Arie Palmer, Ottawa, $2,024.26, plus interest and costs.
Lima Memorial Professional Corp., default judgment v. Steven Roberts, Columbus Grove, and Catherine Roberts, Columbus Grove, $208.32, plus interest and costs.
Lima Memorial Professional Corp., default judgment v. Rebecca M. Schultz, Columbus Grove, and Robert Schultz, Columbus Grove, $403.47, plus interest and costs.
Buckeye Anesthesia Services & Consultants, Detroit, default judgment v. Tanya R. McKee, Continental, $872.76, plus interest and costs.