Greene County district court, week ending Dec. 20

In Greene County district court a judgment was entered Dec. 14 against Leah Meredith Kurt, 25, of Ames after she changed her plea to guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail; all the two days were suspended and she was placed on unsupervised probation for one year. She must pay sheriff’s room and board fees for the time she serves, and she must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at her own expense.

Kurt was fined $315 with a $110.25 surcharge, a $10 drug abuse resistance education (DARE) surcharge, a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative (LEI) surcharge, $600 restitution for her court appointed attorney’s fees, and $461.64 court costs.

James Michael Shutts, 51, of Belle Plaine was granted a deferred judgment after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of operating while intoxicated first offense. He was placed on informal probation for one year. He must complete the recommendations of a drug abuse evaluation at his own expense, and he must complete a community college drinking drivers school. He must pay a $1,250 civil penalty and $100 court costs.

A judgment was entered against Steven Craig Smith II, 41, of Jefferson after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of driving while license barred. He was fined $1,000 with a $350 surcharge. Court costs were $118.90.

Jacob Randall Fisher, 28, of Webster City was sentenced to two days in jail after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of OWI-first offense. He must pay sheriff’s room and board fees for the time he serves. He must complete the recommendations of substance abuse evaluation, and he must complete either a community college drinking drivers school or the 48-hour Des Moines Area Community College alcohol education program. Fisher was fined $1,250 with a $437.50 surcharge and a $10 DARE surcharge. He must also pay $600 restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees and $100 court costs. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed.

A judgment for a $65 fine with a $22.75 surcharge was entered against Michelle Marie Fritch, 33, of Mitchellville after she pleaded guilty to a charge of theft- fifth degree, amended from theft- fourth degree. She must also pay $50 restitution for her court appointed attorney’s fees and $60 court costs.

All sentencing was done by the Honorable Joseph B. McCarville.

Persons pleaded not guilty at arraignment as follows: Travis Christopher Fincel, 44, of Grand Junction, possession of methamphetamine- third or subsequent offense; Stephen Tracy Redding, 30, of Issaquah, WI, OWI- first offense; and Lyle Neil Stork, 56, of Glidden, OWI- second offense and driving while license revoked. Trial dates were set for Jan. 29 in every case.

Information is available since the return of an arrest warrant that Joby Lee Hoskinson, 35, of Grand Junction has been charged with domestic abuse assault causing injury or mental illness. A warrant was issued Oct. 18 and returned Dec. 14.

Cases were initiated in district court as follows: Tyler James Smits, 26, of Jefferson, domestic abuse assault causing injury or mental illness; Neal W. Schoon, 55, of Bayard, domestic abuse assault impeding blood/air flow; Thomas Noah Gannon, 19, of Rippey, OWI- first offense; Daryn Joseph Mallory, 53, of Jefferson, drug distribution violation to persons younger than 18 (two counts), possession of marijuana, and supply alcohol to person under legal age; Richard Lee Norton Jr, 39, of Panora, OWI- third offense; Christopher Adelbert Laurent, 49, of Grand Junction, theft- third degree; Beth Anne Laurent, 48, of Grand Junction, theft- second degree; Jessica Ann Marie Kelton, 20, of Jefferson, possession of marijuana- second offense; Jarad Ryan Wolfe, 40, of Bagley, public intoxication- second offense and disorderly conduct; and Daniel Joseph Tasler, 27, of Jefferson, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of prescription drug.

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