OTTAWA — A man who is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint and stealing her vehicle and money at Dollar General in Columbus Grove pleaded not guilty to three charges handed down by a Putnam County grand jury Thursday.
James M. Phillips, 39, of Toledo, appeared in court with his attorney Chris Woodworth, of Strongsville, before Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh.
A Putnam County grand jury met Nov. 13 and handed down an indictment on three counts for Phillips. Charges were aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree; grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree; and displaying a firearm that was used to facilitate the offense.
Schierloh set a pretrial date of 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 for Phillips. Phillips’ bond was previously set at $250,000 and Schierloh approved the amount to remain the same.
Phillips waived his right to a preliminary hearing during his court appearance Nov. 6 in Putnam County Municipal Court.
The victim was identified by law enforcement as Addie Kiene. Kiene’s Facebook page and the Bluffton High School website list her as a special education teacher. Her Facebook profile also states she is owner of Doughlicious Drizzles & Delights.
Schierloh also set conditions for Phillips, including he will be required to live with his mother in Toledo if he posts bond, is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol, not allowed to take any prescription medicines unless prescribed by a doctor, and must submit to alcohol screenings. Other conditions are he is not allowed to have contact with the victim and must appear at all scheduled hearings.
Phillips has a previous history of criminal charges of burglary in 2012, two counts of burglary in 2014 and burglary in 2018.
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