A total of five defendants appearing on felony charges in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday waived their cases to a grand jury.
Misty Staten, 39, Winchster, faces charges of third-degree felony tampering with evidence, fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felony breaking and entering, and second-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business.
The Times-Gazette previously reported that she was charged after the Mowrystown Police Department allegedly “recovered several items believed to have been stolen from area burglaries,” as stated in an affidavit.
On Thursday, Staten entered an agreement wherein she waived her preliminary hearing, and the state agreed to reduce her bond to her own recognizance (OR). Staten’s case will go before a grand jury.
The case against Ryan Hansen, 23, Mount Orab, will also go before a grand jury. As previously detailed by The Times-Gazette, Hansen was charged after the Highland County Sheriff’s Office found a “nine-shot revolver 22-caliber handgun inside an ammo box” during a search of a SR 134 residence, according to an affidavit.
Hansen, 23, was convicted of felony gross sexual imposition in 2007, the affidavit added. He was charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.
On Thursday, Hansen entered an agreement that in exchange for waiving his preliminary hearing, the state reduced his bond to $2,500. If Hansen posts that bond, he will be placed on electronic monitoring house arrest.
Thomas Robinson, 35, Hillsboro, faces two fifth-degree felonies for theft and breaking and entering, respectively. He was charged after allegedly breaking into a local business and stealing roughly $6,000 in electronics and cash, as previously reported.
Robinson waived his preliminary hearing in those cases. They will go before a grand jury.
Also waiving his hearing to a grand jury was Travis Gibson, 35, Hillsboro. He faces a charge of fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. He was charged after allegedly taking several tools from a garage, as previously detailed.
Catrina Switzer (a.k.a. Hester), 40, Hillsboro, also appeared on a felony. She was charged after she allegedly kept a loaned vehicle, as previously reported. She waived her preliminary hearing Thursday. Her case will go before a grand jury.
In other cases, Jacob Cox, 19, Greenfield, appeared after being terminated from an inpatient treatment program, according to Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna.
In reviewing Cox’s record, McKenna said that he was found guilty of a probation violation in June. Records showed that Cox pled guilty to attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine in February.
McKenna said that Cox was found in violation after testing positive for methamphetamine, not reporting to the probation department, and not obtaining counseling. A 60-day jail sentence was imposed at the time, and he was later furloughed to inpatient treatment.
On Thursday, McKenna said Cox had been terminated from that program. He also said that Cox had a holder from the Adult Parole Authority (APA). When asked, Cox said that holder involved a conviction for third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.
The remaining time on Cox’s furlough was revoked, and he began serving a 55-day jail sentence. The judge added that, depending on what is decided in Cox’s felony case, he could be considered for an additional furlough.
Also on Thursday:
• Kenneth Groves Jr., 57, Hillsboro, entered an agreement on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing. He pled guilty to an amended and reduced charge of minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was fined $150.
• A charge of aggravated menacing was dismissed for Matthew Gennaria, 22, Sardinia. McKenna said that, according to the prosecutor, the witness’ “story didn’t hold up.” He added that a charge had been filed against the witness. Gennaria’s charge was dismissed.
• The case against Paul Harlow, 28, Hillsboro, was also dismissed. He had faced a charge of first-degree misdemeanor theft. According to court records, the case was dismissed because the “(alleged) victim (did) not want to go forward.”
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