Putnam County court records


Putnam County Common Pleas Court

Nov. 3

John W. Barnhart, Jr., 29, Chillicothe, was sentenced to a mandatory, indefinite prison term of eight to 12 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide. The jail sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to his other conviction in 2014 which involved illegal manufacture of methamphetamines and possession of drugs. His driver’s license was suspended for life. Barnhart was also ordered to serve 738 days remaining on his post-release control from that case prior to beginning his new sentence. Two counts of OVI were dismissed.

According to reports of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Barnhart was driving northbound on State Route 114 at approximately 1:14 p.m. April 28 when he drove through the intersection of County Road 19 and struck an eastbound SUV driven by Shari Dotson, 48, of Continental. Dotson’s vehicle struck the corner of a house at 18980 State Route 114 ejecting her from the vehicle. She was taken to the Mercy Health Ambulatory Care Center where she died. Barnhart was taken to Mercy Health St. Rita’s with serious injuries. Reports show that Barnhart was wearing a seat belt while Dotson was not.

Nov. 5

Dawn M. Halker, 47, 539 Taft St., Ottawa, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on an amended domestic violence charge. The judge suspended 170 days of the sentence and fined her $1,000. The fine was suspended pending successful completion of probation. She is to complete all counseling and treatment recommended.

Devon McVicker, Columbus Grove, was granted a divorce from Dawn McVicker, Kankakee, Ill. They were married Oct. 20, 2017 in Wapakoneta and have no children.

Nov. 6

Jose Jimenez, Leipsic, and Esmeralda Jimenez, Leipsic, were granted judgment against Lima and Toledo Traction Co., quieting the title, and extinguishing the defendant’s right, title, and interest to a parcel of property located in the village of Leipsic, Lot 82.

Dale Collins, 49, 759 E. Perry St., Lot 12, Paulding, was given six days of credit off his jail sentence for work performed at the Putnam County Adult Detention facility. He is to be released Nov. 13.

Nov. 12

Jonathon S. Welker, 45, 725 N. Franklin St., Delphos, was sentenced to 180 days jail for an amended charge of aggravated assault. He was given credit for 144 days served and placed on five years community control. He must complete all counseling and treatment recommended and pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $7,531.25. He had been charged with attempt to commit murder and felonious assault.

According to court documents, Jonathan J. Hogdson called Putnam County 911 dispatch the night of Dec. 27, 2019 and said he had been stabbed and was being transported to a Lima hospital by Welker. Court records show Hogdson suffered a large horizontal laceration across his abdomen so substantial that his internal organs were exposed. He told investigators that Welker had inflicted the injuries.

Hogdson underwent emergency surgery following his arrival at the hospital. He later told officers that he and Welker had been at Wibby’s Bar in Kalida and were driving back to Delphos when they had an argument. Hogdson stopped the car along County Road N near US Route 224 and told Welker to get out of the vehicle. A physical altercation ensued, and the stabbing occurred.

New Cases

Debra J. Howell, Pandora, v. Gary Howell, Pandora; divorce without children.

Putnam County Municipal Court dispositions

Nov. 5

Jason A. Schaffner, 43, 23766 County Road I-22, Cloverdale, pleaded guilty to OVI first-offense. Sentence: Six points, 180 days jail, 170 days suspended, $750 fine, $375 suspended, two-year license suspension, with credit for six days jail upon completion of DIP and complete alcohol and drug assessment. Charges of OVI, speeding and stop sign were dismissed.

Nov. 10

Travis T. Tapia, 32, 9952 State Route 109, Ottawa, charged with domestic violence, a felony, bound over to common pleas court. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety. He is not to be present at the residence or be within 100 feet of the alleged victim.

According to reports of the Ottawa Police Department, officers were dispatched to 217 Riverview Drive, Ottawa at 5:57 p.m. Nov. 4, to a domestic violence situation. Upon arriving, officers found Tapia had barricaded himself inside the residence. Tapia refused to comply with verbal orders to exit the residence, and officers received information that he had suicidal tendencies.

The Putnam County Special Response Team, along with the Putnam County EMS, was dispatched to the scene. Multiple attempts were made to communicate with Tapia. When that failed, officers used a flash-bang to disorient Tapia, to which he was taken into custody without further incident.

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