$10,000 bond set for Hillsboro man


A $10,000 bond was set for a Hillsboro man appearing on a bench warrant Thursday in the Hillsboro Municipal Court.

The warrant was issued for Charles A. Hall, 28, the day before when he failed to appear on third-degree felony charges of burglary and theft, as well as a charge of misdemeanor theft.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Hall was charged after allegedly taking and selling guns and other items belonging to relatives.

According to court records, Hall must observe a curfew and report to the probation department if he posts his bond. Hall is also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or with a reportedly involved swap shop.

Hall is scheduled for a preliminary hearing and pretrial next Thursday, records add.

In other cases, Jeffrey Fisher, 59, Bethel, was found guilty of a probation violation and sentenced to jail.

According to records, Fisher pled no contest and was found guilty of third-degree misdemeanor speeding last November. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended, as was a $250 fine.

Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said Thursday that the conviction had been Fisher’s fifth moving violation within nine months.

The judge then said he reviewed Fisher’s driving record. “It seems my suspending a 30-day jail sentence … didn’t make an impression on you,” he said, adding that Fisher was convicted of speeding in Clinton County this summer.

“I have no excuses, your honor … I’m here to take care of it,” Fisher said.

The judge also told Fisher that his license has been suspended. Fisher said he had did not know about the suspension and that he had been driving.

“You’ve been driving illegally for the past six weeks,” McKenna said.

He continued to review Fisher’s record, saying, “You didn’t have too bad of a driving record until about four years ago, then you started racking them up left and right.”

A 10-day jail sentence was imposed. Fisher will be furloughed on Saturday.

McKenna said, “I always feel kind of stupid for locking people up for speeding tickets, but I don’t feel as foolish as the people going to jail because they couldn’t do something simple like follow a road sign.”

Fisher must return to court in July to review his remaining eight days in jail. At that time, his driving record will again be reviewed. If there are other violations, the judge added, “We’ll talk about the other 20 days in jail.”

Also on Friday, Jimmy Eaton, 22, Hillsboro, was arraigned on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor theft. Records show that a warrant was issued for Eaton’s arrest when the charge was filed with the court early last month.

On Thursday, Eaton pled not guilty. His bond is set at $1,000. If Eaton posts his bond, he must observe a curfew and stay away from Walmart. A pretrial is scheduled for Nov. 20.

An agreement was reached for Kelly Hilderbrandt, 26, Hillsboro. She pled guilty to third-degree misdemeanor reckless operation, which was amended and reduced from a charge of first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).

Accompanying charges for driving on a suspension and failure to maintain control were dismissed.

The state recommended a suspended sentence on the condition that Hilderbrandt complete a three-day driver intervention program.

Defense attorney Richard Furnish said that his client “does not have any excuses for this” and that she “feels terribly.”

A 60-day jail sentence was suspended on the condition that Hilderbrandt complete her current counseling at FRS as well as a case plan through children services. She must pay $375 of a $500 fine. Hilderbrandt was placed on reporting probation.

Deferred sentences were scheduled for two defendants who also entered agreements on Thursday.

Ashley Lewis, 19, Hillsboro, was originally set for a court trial. She pled guilty to theft, and sentencing was scheduled for next month.

The case will be dismissed upon Lewis’ “complete cooperation” in a pending juvenile case, as described by defense attorney Conrad Curren.

Sentencing for Joey Ison, 36, Latham, is scheduled for March. He was originally scheduled for a jury trial next month.

As per an agreement, he pled guilty to second-degree misdemeanor attempted illegal purchase of pseudoephedrine. The case will be dismissed upon his completion of any recommended follow-up counseling at Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center.

Finally, cases against Kacy Clouser, 33, Hillsboro, and David Mayse, 18, Mount Orab, were dismissed without prejudice “upon motion of (the) state,” records state. They were originally scheduled for preliminary hearings on Thursday.

Highland County Common Pleas Court records show that Clouser and Mayse were indicted by a grand jury earlier this week.

As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, Clouser was indicted on first-degree felony counts of trafficking in and possession of heroin, second-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, and fifth-degree felony cocaine possession.

Mayse was indicted on four counts of receiving stolen property, which include three fourth-degree felonies and one misdemeanor.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

Violation of speeding case lands man in jail

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