SOUTH BEND – In Pacific County Superior Court action, cases involving petty theft of a mother’s check, methamphetamine selling, illegal firearm possession, and drug court proceedings were on the docket. Pacific County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain offered details, insight and comments about some of Friday’s courtroom action. Following are some of Friday afternoon’s more interesting court cases. Another man was recently arrested for child molestation.
Aaron L. Whitaker, 41, of Long Beach was scheduled for a change of plea and to be sentenced, and then changed his mind and decided to go to trial. According to McClain, officer’s responded to Whitaker’s residence in an attempt to serve a Department of Corrections arrest warrant. Once in the residence, officers observed methamphetamine on a table, and upon a later search, located a firearm in Whitaker’s nightstand. Whitaker claimed that the methamphetamine belonged to another woman at the residence and that the firearm was a family heirloom. Whitaker is a convicted felon and as such prohibited from possessing the firearm. If found guilty, Whitaker is anticipated to receive a 22-month prison sentence for possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm and escape from community custody. He is currently in jail and being held on $100,000 bail.
Lindey Ginther, 18, was in court for her arraignment on charges of one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and one count of possession of methamphetamine. His bail is set at $40,000. According to Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor Ginther was found with 5 grams of meth.
“Ms. Ginther’s mother found methamphetamine in her daughter’s room, and brought it to the police department,” McClain said. “Her mother’s greatest concern was that she receive drug treatment and I am hopeful that this case can be resolved in the county’s long-term Drug Court Program.”
Thomas Pickernell was in court for his arraignment. Pickernell’s case involves the theft of his mother’s check, which he allegedly forged and cashed.
Ronald L. Arnold Jr. is charged with felony hit and run. Arnold’s passenger was injured when a vehicle he was driving struck another’s. The case will likely be continued for a week or so.
Casey Jean Riggs, 29, Raymond, was in court for an arraignment on possession of methamphetamine and heroin. Presently she is held on bond in both the Superior Court felony drug matter and in North District Court. Riggs is in the county jail on being held on $65,000 bail on five charges including two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of meth, an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and driving with a suspended license.
Jason E. Cothren, 37, of Long Beach, was scheduled for arraignment on a protection order violation. Cothren entered a guilty plea to the charge in exchange for a four-year prison sentence and dismissal of a South District Court protection order violation.
Robert Lund, 62, was scheduled for arraignment after being accused of assaulting the protected party of an earlier-issued restraining order. Lund is also being held on a North District Court probation violation. Lund is currently in the county jail with a $35,000 bail on five separate charges.
Randy Jamieson, 25, is in jail and being held on $100,000 for child molestation in the first degree. Deputy Goodwin booked Jamieson in the pokey on Halloween.