Accused meth maker has court appearance

One of the three suspects arrested in February in connection with a clandestine methamphetamine lab was in Edgar County Circuit Court March 5.

Kyle A. Testa, 29, no address provided, appeared in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff and the preliminary hearing was continued for his unresolved charges of a Class X felony participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class 2 felony possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a Class 2 felony unlawful use of property for methamphetamine manufacturing and a Class 2 felony unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing waste. A new date for the preliminary hearing was scheduled and Testa was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Co-defendants Paul Rutherford II, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. and Kelly March Richardson, 30, Paris, are scheduled to appear in court later this month.

The trio is accused of cooking methamphetamine in the basement of a home on South Central Avenue. Authorities went to the home to arrest Testa on a no-bond warrant from Cook County and discovered the active lab.

Other individuals appearing before the bench during the March 1 and March 5 criminal and traffic calls included:

 

In custody

Christine A. Collins, no age provided, Paris, appeared in custody for missing her sentencing hearing for a Class 3 felony forgery conviction. A supplemental presentencing investigation was ordered, and a new sentencing hearing was scheduled. Collins’ request for a personal recognizance bond was denied.

In another case, the state withdrew the petition to revoke Collins’ conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. The matter was referred to collections. Collins was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Ethan R. Daniels, 38, Clinton, Ind., appeared in custody. He waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Daniels was granted a four-hour jail furlough to visit his mother in the hospital. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Foster W. Miller, 20, Paris, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. The unresolved petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing to vehicles conviction was continued for a pretrial conference.

In another case, Miller’s unresolved charges of a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe and a Class C misdemeanor assault were continued for pretrial conferences. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

As a result of his arrest, Miller was charged with and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor for possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for two days previously served with good conduct credit to apply, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Justin D. Robison, 28, Vermilion, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 1 felony for residential burglary. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $30,000. Robison was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Robin L.Tribbett, 29, Paris, appeared in custody and admitted a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. A presentence investigation was ordered and the matter was continued for the sentencing hearing. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

 

 

 

Charges

Daniel L. Littleton, 49, Paris, was formally charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

Cody A. Rigdon, 28, Paris, was charged with two counts of a Class A misdemeanor battery and a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing to a residence. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

 

 

Guilty pleas

Karla A. Ackerman, 52, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. She was sentenced to 150 days in jail with credit for 58 days previously served and the remaining 34 days are subject to a motion to vacate, two years of probation, a $500 fine, 10 hours of community service work, court costs, various state fees and ordered to successfully complete her drug court sentence and her court ordered counseling in her Coles County sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction.

Ackerman also pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. She was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge with both sentences served concurrently, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Joshua P. Clearman, 26, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class B misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a suspended registration charge.

Kandi L. Fellers, 48, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident charge. She was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Bret D. Jeffries, 25, Clinton, Ind., pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

James A. Jones, 48, Springfield, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor speeding charge. Jones was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Michael Little, 39, Hume, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor battery charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for three days served and the remaining jail time subject to a motion to vacate, two years of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery charge and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Gerry A. Menet, 25, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

John L. Rainey, 26, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to an amended Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail subject to a motion to vacate, one year of probation, a $300 fine, court costs, various state fees and was ordered to undergo counseling per an evaluation.

In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed two Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

 

Not guilty pleas

Alara J. Bapp, 21, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor canceled automobile registration and a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Levi J. Kelly, 24, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Donny C. Newman, 29, Paris, denied a petition to revoke his court supervision sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance conviction. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Jennifer S. Mahar, 46, Champaign, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class B misdemeanor speeding charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

James D. Phillips, 22, Marshall, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 1 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Dara N. Rhoads, 38, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor battery charge and a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. A pretrial conference was set.

Holly A. Sexton, 30, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony failure to register as a sex offender charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

 

Other matters

Travis L. Carty, 37, Paris, failed to appear for a motion to vacate jail time tied to his Class 4 felony aggravated driving on a revoked license conviction. The court imposed a four-day jail sentence with good conduct credit to apply. A no-bond warrant for his arrest was issued.

Dustin P. Goddard, 37, Kansas, was given the public defender to represent him for a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. He was ordered to pay $200 to the public defender fund and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

Robert J. McKinney, 31, Montezuma, Ind., learned the state withdrew a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 2 felony aggravated battery of a police officer and three Class 3 felony aggravated battery convictions. His probation was terminated.

Corey D. Weaver, 29, Redmon, was present for his sentencing hearing on a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. Testimony was heard and the court reserved a ruling. A new sentencing hearing was scheduled.

 

Warrants

Warrants were prepared and issued when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Travis L. Carty, 37, Paris; Daniel L. Henson, 38, Paris; Reigan E. Kennedy, 37, Paris; Nathan T. Murray, 45, Paris; Dalton J. Seafler, 24, Paris and Daniel B. Young, 31, Paris.

 

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