The following actions were taken in Lake County Trial Court the week ending Jan. 22, 2016:

  • Carolyn Amber Abernathy, 27, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty in circuit court to a charge of uttering and publishing. Sentencing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Two charges of uttering and publishing and one charge of credit card/forgery - alter - cf were dismissed. The defendant was free on personal recognizance bond.
  • Dustin Lee Clemens, 27, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty in circuit court to a charge of operating intoxicated - third. The defendant is sentenced to sobriety court, two years probation, 12 months jail, with credit for one day time served, and the balance at the discretion of the court, fines and costs of $1,128, crime victims rights of $130, supervision fee of $240 and sobriety court fee of $750. Charges of fleeing and eluding - fourth degree and driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate/second/subsequent were dismissed.
  • Chad Frederick Collins, 24, of Branch, was arraigned on charges of driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate, reckless driving, failure to stop at a property damage accident, and improper plates. A pretrial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Bond of $3,500, ten percent was posted.
  • James Russell Cross, 24, of Irons, was arraigned in circuit court on a charge of home invasion - second degree. A pretrial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Bond of $10,000, ten percent was set with a condition of no contact with the victim or the co-defendant.
  • Bobby Gene Gardner, 48, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty to an added charge of aggravated assault. The defendant was sentenced to one year in jail, to serve 30 now with credit for time served of 14 days and the balance at the discretion of the court over the next year. No contact condition was continued. A charge of assault with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.
  • Tiffany Trannette Hall, 37, of Idlewild, was arraigned on a charge of driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate/second /subsequent. A pretrial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Bond was set at $3,500, ten percent.
  • Carl Lee Herring Sr., 48, of Baldwin, was arraigned on two charges of attempted uttering and publishing. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Bond was set at $10,000, ten percent.
  • Bradley Alan Hope, 29, of Delton, pleaded guilty to a charge of wildlife conservation - taking deer/bear/turkey. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $435, $1,000 victim's restitution, 90 days in jail, five suspended and the balance at the discretion of the court over the next year and no license for the next four years. A second charge of wildlife conservation - taking deer/bear/turkey was dismissed.
  • Brent Jay Jenkins, 33, of Baldwin, pleaded no contest in circuit court to an added charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The defendant was scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Charges of assault/w/intent to do bodily harm and habitual offender-fourth offense notice were dismissed.
  • Coel Koza Lewis, 32, of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $255.
  • Anthony Thomas Manning, 27, of Baldwin, pleaded no contest  in circuit court to an added charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The defendant was scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Charges of assault with intent to do bodily harm and habitual offender - fourth offense notice were dismissed.
  • Dustin Scott Marriner, 26, of Charlotte, was arraigned in circuit court on a charge of home invasion. A pretrial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Bond was reduced to $7,500, ten percent.
  • Dustin Scott Marriner, 26, of Charlotte, was arraigned in circuit court on a charge of sex offender - failure to comply/second offense notice. A pretrial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Bond was reduced to $7,500, ten percent.
  • Jeffrey Robert Oliver, 58, of Irons, pleaded guilty to a charge of disturbing the peace. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275. A charge of domestic violence was dismissed.
  • Bruce Alan Richter, 50, of Harper Woods, pleaded guilty to a charge of littering on State forest property - less than 1 cubic foot. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275. A charge of wildlife conservation - taking deer/bear/turkey was dismissed.
  • Kevin Ralphael Robertson, 22, of Idlewild, pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a motor vehicle without security. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $375 and one year in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year.
  • Charles Wesley Sebastian, 50, of Irons, pleaded guilty to charges of wildlife conservation - taking deer/bear/turkey and wildlife - using artificial light/weapon. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $435, victim's restitution of $1,000 and 90 days in jail, five suspended and the balance at the discretion of the court over the next year on the first charge and fines and costs of $150 and 90 days in jail, five suspended, the balance at the discretion of the court over the next year on the second charge and no license for the next four years.
  • Rachel Lily Short, 36, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny - less than $200. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275 and 93 days in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year. Victim's restitution was held. No entrance to AMVETS. A charge of embezzlement - agent/trustee - under $200 was dismissed.
  • Gerald Nathaniel Smith, age unknown, of Idlewild, was arraigned on a charge of operating a motor vehicle without security. A pretrial is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. The defendant is free on personal recognizance bond.
  • Ronald Henry Stevens, 54, of Branch, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly person - drunk. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $100 and 90 days in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year.
  • Isis Latrae, Steward, 37, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a motor vehicle without security. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $375 and one year in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year.
  • Alex Craig Tate, 50, of Idlewild, pleaded guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle without security and driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $375 and one year in jail at the discretion of the court on the first charge and fines and costs of $275 and 93 days in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year on the second charge,
  • Keven Emery Terry, 50, of Clare, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate/second/subsequent. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275 and one year in jail, to serve 14 days now with credit for time served and the balance at the discretion of the court over the next year. A charge of possession of a controlled substance - marijuana was dismissed.
  • Darrin Christopher Thomas, 39, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty in circuit court to fleeing and eluding - fourth degree. Sentencing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer, driving while license suspended/allowing a suspended person to operate and reckless driving were dismissed.
  • Darrin Christopher Thomas, 39, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty in circuit court to delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance - methamphetamine/ecstasy. Sentencing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. A charge of habitual offender - third offense notice was dismissed.
  • Rayshunn Trevathan, 27, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty in circuit court to an added charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Charges of assault with intent to do bodily harm and habitual offender/second offense notice were dismissed.
  • Kaylee Deeanne Tryon, 25, of Evart, pleaded no contest to a charge of stalking. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275 and one year in jail at the discretion of the court over the next year. The no contact condition of the bond is continued.
  • Benjamin Wayne Valley, 33, of Tustin, was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated/impaired/in the presence of a controlled substance - second. A pretrial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Bond was set at $5,000, ten percent.

The following DNR violations were judged in Lake County Trial Court during the month of December 31, 2016:

  • Joseph Steve Grugal, of Tustin, admitted responsibility to operating an ORV in a closed area. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $175.
  • Tyler Benjamin Little, of West Olive, pleaded guilty to a charge of fishing in a closed stream. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $250.
  • Lowell Caney Doerr, of Lansing, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal use of lights/shining. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $295.
  • Tariq Azim Mir, of Dexter, pleaded no contest to a charge of operating an ORV in/upon waters of a stream/river. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $485.
  • Hamid Mir, of Dexter, pleaded no contest to a charge of possessing/transporting an uncased gun in/on a motor vehicle. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $265.
  • Ronald John Vandermolen, of Whitehall, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating deer/elk feeding regulations. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $250.
  • Kristi Mersman, of Lowell, pleaded guilty to taking/possessing a deer illegally. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $2,435.
  • Scott Raymond Page, of Rockford, pleaded guilty to taking/possessing a deer illegally. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $1,575.
  • Frank Joseph Chrzanowski, of Maybee, pleaded no contest to a charge of failure to validate a kill tag. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $325.
  • Michael James Killian, of St. Clair Shores. pleaded guilty to hunting without a license. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $2,435.
  • Shane Allen Gerbracht, of Reed City, pleaded guilty to a charge of hunting without a license. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $1, 435.
  • Shane Allen Gerbracht, of Reed City, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing an illegally tagged deer. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $305.
  • Blaine Douglas Riggs, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty to hunting without a license. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $1,435.
  • Justin David Norton, of Lake View, pleaded guilty to violating deer/elk feeding regulations. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $250.
  • Haley Nicole Doughty, of Remus, pleaded guilty to hunting deer without a valid license. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $435.
  • Braden William Rhoda, of Holland, pleaded no contest to a charge of loaded/uncased firearm in a motor vehicle. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $275.
  • Larry Lewis Weaver, of Muskegon, pleaded guilty to a charge of taking/possessing a deer illegally. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $1,435.
  • Joseph Landon Preston, of Clarkston, admitted responsibility to a charge of operating an ORV without a helmet/eye protection. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $90.
  • Frederich William Woldring, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing on railroad property. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $100.
  • Rex William Douglass, of Chase, admitted responsibility to a charge of violation of the safety belt law. The defendant was sentenced to fines and costs of $65.