Lawyers, cops continue assault on crimewave

By geo kunke



SOUTH BEND – There hasn’t been any major drug busts lately, but law enforcement and Pacific County Superior Court proceedings have been busy nonetheless.

Superior Court

Brian K. Leding, who is charged with first degree burglary, two counts of residential burglary, three counts of second degree theft, three counts of third degree malicious mischief, possession of methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia, continued his case to determine whether he will accept the state’s plea offer or continue to trial.  Currently the three-day trial is set for April 29th.   

Jerad L. Vert has elected to proceed to trial.  Very is charged with possession of methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia. A Pacific County Sheriff’s Deputy who recognized Vert from prior contacts and knew he had a warrant arrested vert. Vert was searched before being placed into the deputy’s patrol car and two baggies of methamphetamine and a pipe were discovered during the search. Vert’s trial is set for April 11, 2013.

Alan J. Heckard entered a plea to extortion involving a dispute between he and his landlord whereby he felt his landlord owed him $3,000 and he used the threat to damage property to obtain money. He also damaged the landlord’s property in the process. According to Heckard’s landlord, Heckard did cause some damage to the landlord’s property by slicing tires and breaking windows on the property.

Mark Clevender was in court for two issues, including a motion to revoke a stipulated order of continuance and the other is a new charge for possession of a controlled substance.

Joseph N. Shawa entered a guilty plea to failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced.

Erica Lizama Bordner was in court for arraignment involving an allegation of forgery whereby she modified an anti-harassment order, which barred her child’s father from taking the child to the primary care doctor. 

Kimberly Jardine had a routine pretrial hearing for her DUI and possession of methamphetamine charges.

Amber Boggs was in court for several counts involving forgery and theft as well as an alleged probation violation in district court. Boggs entered a guilty plea to five counts of forgery and one count of possession of methamphetamine and received a 14-month prison sentence, followed by 12 months of community custody (probation), which will require her to complete a drug evaluation and treatment. Boggs indicated that the underlying crimes were motivated by drugs and she had a desire for treatment.

David Peterson was in court for Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative sentence revocation. The State alleged that he violated this special program by using methamphetamine. He admitted the use and requested to remain on the program. The State’s request was granted to revoke (This was the third time prosecutors had asked that the program be revoked for similar violations.). Peterson was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Bobbie Gorham was sentenced to 14 months in prison for his participation in a forgery matter.  His identity theft and misdemeanor theft matters were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Gorham had taken a checkbook out of a vehicle and forged the owner’s name and cashed the checks. Gorham’s significant criminal history, which included two adult felony cases and several misdemeanor felony matters, resulted in standard-range sentence of 14 to 18 months in prison. The state agreed to a low-end range sentence because  Gorham accepted responsibility for his actions. 

Matthew W.  Kramer pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and entered a 12-month diversion to felony harassment. He will be required to complete alcohol treatment.

Mark P. Clevenger appeared for arraignment for possession of methamphetamine charge and to address a probation violation allegation (The case he is on probation for is a felony marijuana case). Clevenger’s case was continued.

Aundre Herron was in court for a probation hearing to determine whether paying .01 cent on his legal financial obligations is a willful violation of his obligations to the court.

Eric D. Trent violated his DOSA sentence, which is a sentencing alternative.  A hearing has been scheduled to determine if the DOSA sentence should be revoked. 

Patrick John Tiekamp Jr., who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, was in court for a routine pretrial hearing. 

Alan Heckard visited court for arraignment and is charged with extortion and harassment. 

Danyelle Maria Stigar (AKA: Connely) is on for amended information, which is something prosecutors engage in before trial to ensure the proper language was in the charging document. This case is set for trial on April 8th.

David Friedrich Happel pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (a felony) and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 12 months of community custody. He will be required to complete drug treatment as part of the sentence.

Recent Arrests

Jake D. Barnes, 24, was arrested for DUI, eluding a police vehicle and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $25,000 last Thursday.

Anthony Meza, 28, visited jail again, this time for a probation parole violation.

Casey Jean Riggs, 29, went to the pokey (March 26) for a probation parole violation and her bail was set at $5,000.

Raymond Police arrested Stephanie Ann Siegel, 31, for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree.