Six arraigned in common pleas court

GREENVILLE—Six people were arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Thursday morning. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.

Melvin J. Ford III, of Fort Recovery, was arraigned on one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to three years incarceration and a maximum fine of up to $10,000, none of which are mandatory. He retained attorney David Rohrer and pleaded not guilty. The court released him on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Friday, Feb. 25.

Morgan C. Anderson, 26, of Ansonia, was arraigned on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to eight to 12 years incarceration and a maximum fine of $15,000, none of which are mandatory. Anderson retained attorney David Rohrer and pleaded not guilty. The court released him on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Friday, Feb. 25.

Bryan J. Blackburn, 22, of Arcanum, was arraigned on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony, and physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $3,500, none of which is mandatory. Blackburn retained attorney Alex Pendl and pleaded not guilty. The court released him on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, Feb. 28.

Ty E. Howell, 28, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to three years incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000. Howell was appointed public defender Nicole Pohlman, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The court released him on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, March 7.

Adam B. Duncan, 27, of Greenville, was arraigned on three counts of assault on a peace officer, all fourth-degree felonies, two counts of assault, both first-degree misdemeanors, and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to 69 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $32,750. The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, and gave him 10 days to retain counsel. Duncan was released on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, Feb. 28.

Rusty A. Swartz, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of theft of a credit card, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 12 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,500. Swartz was appointed public defender Nicole Pohlman, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The court released him on his own recognizance, with his next appearance on Monday, March 7.

You can stream all Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/commonpleas

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Abigail Miller / Editor

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

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