20 guilty, 4 not in Clinton County Municipal Court


By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



WILMINGTON — The following report is compiled using a disposition report provided by the Clinton County Municipal Court. The information includes the name of the defendant, age, location (if listed), charge disposed, fine, court costs assessed, jail sentence and any special conditions. Municipal Judge Mike Daugherty oversees the court, which handles misdemeanors, traffic cases and some civil cases. Only the criminal misdemeanors are included here.

The following pled guilty or were found guilty of crimes during the week of January 11 through 15:

• Ashley Bennett, 30, of Hillsboro, child endangerment and possession of drug abuse instrument, sentenced 270 days jail (suspended), fined $1,750, assessed $230, license suspended for six months, supervised probation. If compliant, court will suspend $1,250 of the fine. Two separate charges of child endangerment were dismissed.

• Daniel Murnane, 32, of Columbus, possession of drugs, sentenced 130 days jail (suspended), fined $1,000, assessed $115 court costs, supervised probation. If compliant, court will suspend $500 of the fine. A separate charge of possessing drugs and a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia against Murnane were dismissed.

• Andrew Calhoun, 32, of Wilmington, receiving stolen property, sentenced 180 days jail (suspended), fined $250, assessed $115 court costs, write letter of apology, 20 hours community service.

• Russell Hall Jr., 32, of Blanchester, two counts possession of drug abuse instrument, sentenced 180 days jail (82 days suspended; remainder suspended conditionally), fined $500, assessed $230 court costs. Jail suspended on condition Hall has no further offenses and does not use drugs.

• Robert Kerns, 45, of Wilmington, child endangerment, sentenced 180 days jail (18 suspended), fined $1,000, assessed $115 court costs. A separate charge of child endangerment against Kerns was dismissed.

• Jarad Smedley, 32, of New Vienna, child endangerment, sentenced 180 days jail (suspended), fined $1,000, assessed $100 court costs, must complete supervised probation, must complete a self-assessment questionnaire and follow probation’s recommendations. If compliant, court may suspend $500 of the fine. A charge of burglary against Smedley was dismissed.

• Jessica Smith, 23, of Wilmington, possession of drug abuse instrument, sentenced 180 days jail, fined $1,000, assessed $100 court costs, license suspended for six months.

• Corey Combs, 22, of Wilmington, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, fined $170, assessed $230 court costs.

• Leslie Grooms, 54, of Wilmington, possession of a drug abuse instrument, sentenced 90 days jail, fined $250, assessed $115 court costs, license suspended for six months.

• Cameron Jones, 18, of Wilmington, theft, sentenced 180 days jail (suspended), assessed $115 court costs, supervised probation, 100 hours community service, write letter of apology.

• Brandon Pinkerton, 26, of New Vienna, disorderly conduct, fined $100, assessed $115 court costs. A charge of domestic violence against Pinkerton was dismissed.

• Anna Murray, 22, of Wilmington, theft, sentenced 30 days jail (stayed), fined $100, assessed $115 court costs, pay restitution to victim business. Jail stayed so Murray can complete diversion.

• Ashley Harrison, 30, of Wilmington, theft. Sentencing stayed to allow Harrison to complete diversion.

• Russell Whiles, 59, of Wilmington, theft, sentencing stayed to allow Whiles to complete treatment, must write letter of apology to victim.

• Shyann Williams, 19, of Blanchester, disorderly conduct, fined $55, assessed $100 court costs.

• Evan Barrett, 22, of Wilmington, possession of marijuana, fined $100, assessed $115 court costs.

• Bobby Bland, 37, of Wilmington, possession of marijuana, fined $150, assessed $115 court costs, license suspended for six months.

• Paul Myers II, 36, of Blanchester, domestic violence. Sentencing stayed to allow Myers to complete diversion. A charge of criminal damages against Myers was dismissed.

• Trenton Waters, 21, of Wilmington, possession of marijuana, fined $85, assessed $120 court costs.

• Canyon Wilder, 20, of Wilmington, possession of marijuana, fined $85, assessed $120 court costs.

The following had charges dismissed:

• Avery Bennett, 20, of Goshen, possession of drug paraphernalia; charge dismissed.

• Victor Reynolds, 51, of Blanchester, domestic violence; charge dismissed.

• Cynthia Egner, 56, trespassing; charge dismissed.

• Tiffany Miller, 29, possession of drug abuse instrument and resisting arrest; all charges dismissed.

• Skye Storer, 29, of Wilmington, theft; charge dismissed on completion of class, community service and payment of restitution.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

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By Nathan Kraatz

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