SOUTH BEND – A wide range of cases were heard in Pacific County Superior Court Friday. There were cases involving the theft of city funds, burglaries, and of course, methamphetamine and other drugs. All three local law enforcement agencies have made several arrests in the past few weeks; many of which are outlined below.
Tricia Marie Belcher was in Superior Court Friday for her trial setting. Belcher, the former municipal court clerk for the city of South Bend, is charged with theft in the first degree while employed with the city of South Bend. More than $15,000 in funds were misappropriated. Belcher is being represented by Harold Karlsvik.
Kelly Nicole Duncan , 29, was arrested February 13, along with two men for residential burglary. Duncan's bail was set at $25,000. The three were arrested by the sheriff's office. Also arrested were Steven James Lano, 57, who was arrested for residential burglary and for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Lano's bail was set at $75,000. Jerry Alan Nash, 46, was arrested for residential burglary. Nash's bail was set at $76,100. He was also arrested for a community custody violation and was ordered held for another agency. The three were in Superior Court for arraignments.
Myranda Leigh Tiekamp, 18, of Raymond was in Superior Court after being arrested for burglary in the second degree, a warrant for failure to comply, and another court ordered sentence. Tiekamp was arrested January 31st by South Bend Police Chief Dave Eastham. Tiekamp was in court Friday for a pretrial hearing along with her attorney David Hatch.
Jaclyn Renee Settlemyre, 23, was arrested for two counts of possession of a narcotics without a prescription, a felony, last Monday (Feb. 17). Deputy Ron Davis made the arrest. Settltymyre's bail was set at $15,000. She was in Superior Court for arraignment.
Tracy Allen Maggard, 40, was arrested and booked into Pacific County Jail by Raymond Police Officer Arlie Boggs for possession of illegal drugs (amphetamine and methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, and driving with a suspended license in the third degree. Maggard's bail is set at $2,500.
Celeste Starr Akers, 26, was arrested on 2 counts of possession of drugs without a prescription and a community custody violation. Akers was arrested by the sheriff's office and her bail was set at $50,000.
Randay Jimenez Medina, 28, of Raymond, was in Superior Court Friday for a motions hearing in his meth case. Medina was busted by the sheriff's office during a sting operation January 1 and is facing 5 counts of drug violations, four for meth and one for possession of a narcotic without a prescription. He's in jail on $25,000 bail. Medina's attorney is Harold Karlsvik.
Recently in Superior Court, Colby Roseann Watts entered a guilty plea to one count of delivery of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. Watts was sentenced to 18 months in prison and will be required to complete drug treatment as part of her sentence. Deputies of the Pacific County Drug Task force had been working with a confidential informant in the Jackson Street area of South Bend and were able to purchase methamphetamine from Watts. Community members have routinely provided information and tips to law enforcement officers regarding suspected drug activity and this allowed officers to focus their investigation. The drug task forces focused effort has allowed the prosecutor's office to effectively prosecute those whose impact upon this community far exceeds the drugs they use and sell, but also greatly reduced the thefts and other property crimes related to drug activity.
Justin F. Bailey, 39, was arrested for Eluding a Police Vehicle, Identify Theft, Criminal Impersonation, Possession of a Narcotic, a Community Custody Violation, and Driving with a Suspended License in the 2nd Degree. Bailey was arrested by Raymond Police Sgt. Samplawski. Bailey's bail was set at $100,000.
James Vernon Heslen, 57, was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, possession of drugs without a prescription, and presenting a false insurance ID card. His bail was set at $10,000. Heslen was arrested by South Bend Policeman G Spencer.
Arrested a day later was Jamie Augusta Heslen, 38, for 3 counts of Possession of Methamphetimine, 2 counts of possession of drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $20,000 and she was arrested by Deputy Ryan Tully.
Kenny John Taylor, 51, was arrested for possession of controlled substance I/II/III and distributing narcotics to a minor. Taylor's bail was set at $250 grand. He was arrested by the sheriff's office.
Kristopher Erik Starheim, 20, was in Superior Court Friday for arraignment facing 4 arrest charges, including DUI, 2 warrants for Failure to Appear, and Driving with a Suspended License in the 3rd Degree. Starheim was arrested Feb. 18 by Deputy Boggs. He's being held in the slammer with a bail set at $70,000.
May My Teav, 41, Raymond, was arrested on an outstanding warrant Feb. 18 by the sheriff's office and ordered held for another agency. Teav was placed in jail and held on $5,000 bail.
Julio Cesar Jimenez Silva, 26, was arrested Sunday and placed in the county slammer for DUI. Jimenez Silva was arrested by South Bend Policeman McComas.
Also popped for DUI on Sunday was Joshua Sever Lavold. Lavold was arrested and sent to jail by the State Patrolman Hillstrom. Lavold's bail was set at $5,000.
Teresa Marie Dundom, 56, Raymond, was arrested and jailed for a community custody violation on Feb. 12.
Shelley Marie Stratton, 51, Raymond, was arrested by the sheriff's office on a court ordered sentence with bail set at $100 grand.
Gerry Leroy Allaire, 18, was arrested last Friday for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, DUI, Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Driving with a Suspended License. Raymond Policeman Jarvis made the arrest.
Derik Steven Nissell, 22, was arrested for a parole violation by Deputy C Boggs on Valentine's Day.
Duane C. Byington was in court Friday for an arraignment.
Jeremy Dean Chapman was in Superior Court Friday for a financial review.
In other law enforcement news, Randall Wiegardt of Ocean Park will join the Pacific County Sheriff's Office as a deputy after he graduates from the academy the first week of March. “It's great that we're getting another deputy but it still leaves us three deputies short,” said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.