Wells Superior Court

Criminal Cases

Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Quinton Gage Howard, 18, Warren, charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Bond continued at $1,000. Law office of Sprunger and Sprunger appointed public defender.

Howard was the passenger in a vehicle that hit a sheriff’s detective from behind as the detective was stopped in a line of traffic waiting for a train to clear at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing Oct. 30.

Reportedly in plain view following the crash, the investigating officer spotted a “fist-sized” bag of green plant material that had the odor and appearance of marijuana inside the vehicle. The bag was later weighed and reportedly contained 25.34 grams of the material.

A bag of 81 pills of the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam — commonly called Xanax — was also allegedly found when officers searched the vehicle.

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Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Rachel Renae Trumps, 38, Bluffton, charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. Bond continued at $5,500.

On Oct. 29, Trump was reportedly found to be passed out in a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of the Bluffton U-Store.

When an officer arrived to investigate, he recognized Trumps from a prior encounter. The officer knocked on the window of the vehicle and at first got no response, but then Trumps awakened after he knocked harder.

Trumps told the officer she had been working all night and was just tired so she decided to take a nap.

Upon questioning, Trumps allegedly admitted she might have methamphetamine in her purse. A search of the purse reportedly turned up two coin purses inside, each of which contained a small plastic bag of substance believed to be methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and a cut straw. One of the purses also contained a torch lighter and a pocket-sized mirror with white residue.

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Kaitlyn N. McKinley, 26, Bluffton, charged with operating a motor vehicle without ever having received a driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor, entered into a contract to withhold prosecution/pre-trial diversion.

The duration of the contract is 12 months. If she successfully completes the terms of the contract, the charge against her will be dismissed.

Ordered to take all necessary steps to obtain a valid driver’s license, pay an initial user’s fee of $50 and a monthly user’s fee of $20 per month for two months. She was also ordered to pay $164 in court costs.

On Aug. 12, while monitoring traffic on Clark Avenue, a Bluffton police officer clocked a vehicle at 44 mph-30 zone and pulled it over.

McKinley allegedly admitted to the officer that while she had once had a driver’s license when she lived in Arizona, she had never been issued a driver’s license in  Indiana.

Infractions

Alyssa J. Garrison, 20, rural Poneto; driving while suspended, Adams Street at Western Avenue.

Wells Circuit Court

Criminal Cases

Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Malvern Bozarth, 17, Bluffton, a juvenile charged as an adult with possession of a controlled substance, a Level 6 felony; carrying a handgun with a license, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, and dangerous possession of a firearm by a child, all Class A misdemeanors; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and knowingly or intentionally operating a motor vehicle without ever having been issued a driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor. Bond continued at $11,000.

Bozarth was driving a Dodge Dakota east on Wabash Street Oct. 30 when he failed to get the vehicle stopped in time before colliding with a vehicle stopped in a line of traffic waiting for a train to clear the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing.

The vehicle he rearended was a Wells County Sheriff’s Department vehicle being operated at the time by Detective Ferrell Swindell.

Swindell recognized Bozarth from previous encounters and reported that the interior of the vehicle smelled like marijuana.

After arriving at the scene and upon speaking with Bozarth, the Bluffton Police Officer investigating the accident also noted that the interior of the vehicle smelled of raw marijuana.

The officer observed that Bozarth appeared to be under the influence of an illegal substance. The officer also observed a “fist-sized” bag of a green leafy plant material that Bozarth allegedly appeared to be trying to hide underneath his leg while speaking with the officer.

The office had Bozarth exit the vehicle and began to check him for weapons. Allegedly in the process of checking, he found a handgun tucked into the waistband of Bozarth’s pants.

The plastic bag of the green plant material that had the odor and appearance of marijuana reportedly weighed 25.34 grams.

A search of the vehicle also allegedly turned up a plastic bag containing 81 pills of alprazolam ∏— commonly known as Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

A passenger in the pickup truck Bozarth had been driving, Quinton Gage Howard, 18, Warren, was also arrested.

Bozarth was out on bond at the time of the accident on charges of charges of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, a Level 3 felony; dealing in a Schedule I, II, III, controlled substance, a Level 5 felony; dealing in marijuana, a Level 6 felony; and dangerous possession of a firearm by a child, a Class A misdemeanor. His bond on those charges has since been revoked.