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One defendant sentenced to prison, two to local jail

A Bellefontaine man sentenced to more than a year in prison and two other defendants ordered to serve local jail time were among cases handled this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Dennis Wenger, 66, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for domestic violence. In addition to domestic violence, Bellefontaine police in July also charged the defendant with kidnapping after he threatened and refused to allow Cathy Levan to leave a residence on 720 E. Columbus Ave.

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She had bruising around her right eye and around her mouth, according to police reports taken the night of the incident. The victim told officers Mr. Wenger beat her and kept her from leaving the residence by brandishing a .22-caliber rifle. At one point, he held the gun to her head, police reports show.

One of three women charged with obstructing justice for helping three juveniles skip town after escaping from the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center also was sentenced.

Stormi Kiser, 27 of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ intensive community control and ordered to pay restitution and court costs for theft and obstructing justice.

• Lenard Epps, 20 of Russells Point: 90 days in the Logan County Jail, two years’ community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs and attorney fees for assault;

• William Moon, 27, of Bellefontaine: 30 days in jail, two years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for permitting drug abuse;

• Jacob Smith, 30 of Bellefontaine: the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control, the probation incentive program and ordered to pay restitution, court costs and attorney fees for burglary and possession of drugs;

• Kareem Williams, 24 of Bellefontaine: five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs for non-support of dependents;

Pleading guilty:

• Bradley Couch, 33, of Urbana: illegal conveyance into an institution and was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control, ordered to undergo the probation incentive program and pay court costs;

• Savannah Stanley, 27 of Lakeview: two counts of deception to obtain drugs. She previously pled to a charge of trafficking in drugs. She was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control, a one year license suspension, placed on the probation incentive program and ordered to pay court costs; and

• Keith Brown, 32 of Bellefontaine: possession of drugs. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

In other court news, the Third District Court of Appeals on Oct. 9, affirmed a judgment by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor in the case of Williams vs. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In that case, ODJFS had ruled that the plaintiff was subject to a period of restricted Medicaid coverage for nursing home expense because of improper transfers. 

The main issue was whether Mrs. Williams’s interest in her residence could be transferred to her husband through a revocable trust. Both the common pleas court and now the appeals court have upheld the administrative decision of ODJFS finding that the use of the revocable trust enhanced the amount of property going to the husband.

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