Court hears grand theft, probation, weapons cases

By Anthony Baker -

EATON — Preble County Common Pleas Court heard cases involving grand theft, drugs, firearms, and probation violation this week. Judge Stephen R. Bruns presided.

Randy Delano, 36, of Oklahoma City, appeared Tuesday afternoon on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Delano’s attorney, John Cunningham, asked the court for a continuance to allow him time to confer with another attorney attached to the defendant’s case.

The state objected, claiming Delano was arrested in August of last year, and that the plea agreement being offered by the state had not changed substantially since September.

“It’s a little frustrating to keep coming back here and no change occurs,” Judge Bruns told defense council. Bruns continued Delano’s case until Wednesday afternoon, at which point the defendant pleaded guilty. His next court appearance is a sentencing hearing, to be held June 26.

Dylan Sanford, 23, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony. His next court appearance is a sentencing hearing, to be held June 26.

Brian Moore, 43, of Eaton, was given probation on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with three or more prior convictions. As part of the terms of his probation, Moore must complete the Secure Transitional Offender Program (S.T.O.P.) and pay $150 restitution to the Eaton Police Department. If Moore fails to comply with these terms, a sentence of up to five years could be imposed.

Doreen Vickers, 58, of Connersville, Indiana, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated possession of drugs. Vickers was due to begin court-ordered mental health and substance abuse treatment in Preble County before relocating to Indiana to live with her son.

“You need to sit still in one community long enough to get treatment started,” Judge Bruns told the defendant. Bruns granted Vickers a two-week continuance to allow her time to enroll in a treatment program in Connersville. Her next court appearance is a sentencing hearing, to be held June 27.

“I want confirmation that she’s enrolled at that time. I don’t want it to be speculative,” Bruns told Vickers’ defense attorney. “Otherwise I’m not going to have a treatment option, and that means jail time or worse.”

Michael Lutz, 39, of Eaton, was given probation on charges of attempted aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charge was amended from one of aggravated possession, a fifth-degree felony, in accordance with a plea agreement between Lutz and the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office. A suspended sentence of 60 days incarceration could be imposed if Lutz fails to comply with the terms of his probation.

Rochelle Squires, 28, admitted to accusations of community control violation. Squires was on probation related to charges of theft, forgery, obstructing official business, and grand theft of a motor vehicle dating to 2015. Squires claimed she’d failed to check in regularly with her probation officer because of family and transportation-related difficulties.

“I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a while. Instead of calling in and doing the responsible thing, I just avoided it,” Squires said.

Judge Bruns sentenced Squires to 60 days incarceration.

“You’ve been M.I.A., but you’ve done some good things too,” Bruns told the defendant. “Hopefully you’ll remember what got you in this position.”

By Anthony Baker