Nine people arraigned in common pleas court

GREENVILLE—Nine people were arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning. Judge Jonathan P. Hein resided.

Matthew J. Cain, 37, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months incarceration and a maximum fine of up to $5,000, none of which is mandatory. He retained attorney David Rohrer as counsel, and pleaded not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, Sept. 19.

Rachel E. Calvert, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 12 months incarceration and maximum fine of up to $2,500, none of which is mandatory. She retained attorney David Rohrer as counsel, and pleaded not guilty. She was released on his own recognizance, with her next appearance on Monday, Sept. 19.

Simon J. Jennings, 19, of Portland, Ind., was arraigned on one count of felonious assault, with a firearm specification, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a minimum of three years with a maximum eight to 12 years incarceration, a fine of up to $15,000. He was appointed public defender Randall Breaden, and a not guilty was entered on his behalf. He previously posted his bond of $50,000 cash surety property. His bond was continued, with his next appearance on Monday, Oct. 3.

Zachary R. Smothers, 20, of Sidney, was arraigned on count one of assault, a fourth-degree felony, and count two of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces 30 months incarceration and a maximum fine of up to $7,500. He was appointed public defender Alex Pendl and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Ashlee R. Fletcher, 37, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 12 months incarceration and maximum fine of up to $2,500, none of which is mandatory. She was appointed public defender Nicole Pohlman and a not guilty plead was entered on her behalf. She was released on her own recognizance, with her next appearance on Monday, Sept. 22.

Michael D. Braun, 63, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a mandatory two years with up to eight years incarceration, and a mandatory fine of $7,500, with a maximum fine of up to $15,000. He was appointed public defender Alex Pendl and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Alex J. Neargarder, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 12 months incarceration and maximum fine of up to $2,500, none of which is mandatory. He was appointed public defender Nicole Pohlman and a not guilty plead was entered on his behalf. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, Sept. 22.

Amber M. Ross, 41, of Palestine, was arraigned on one count of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 12 months incarceration and maximum fine of up to $2,500, none of which is mandatory. She was appointed public defender Nicole Pohlman and a not guilty plead was entered on her behalf. She was released on her own recognizance.

Anthony L. Foster, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of failure to notify of change of address, a fourth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months incarceration and a maximum fine of up to $5,000, none of which is mandatory. He was appointed public defender Randall Breaden, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings are available to stream on YouTube at: https://tinyurl.com/commonpleas.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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