2008-12-18 / Local & State

Judge Van Horn Presides Over Tuesday Court Session

STAFF REPORT

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 9.

Tiffany Marie Hopkins appeared with her attorney and waived arraignment proceedings on two unrelated counts of retail theft. Hopkins entered a notguilty plea to both counts. Her trials will be held during the January 26 term of court.

Lance Joshua Mellott appeared with legal counsel and pleaded not guilty to int/poss controlled substance. Mellott's trial will be held during the January 26 trial term.

John Charles Nelson appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment proceedings held on charges of driving under the influence. Nelson pled not guilty, and his trial will be conducted during the January 26 term of court.

Clay Aaron Rasp appeared in court last Tuesday on charges of the manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. Rasp entered a not-guilty plea. His trial will be conducted during the January 26 court term.

Rasp also appeared on an additional count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. Rasp pled not guilty, and his second trial will be held during the January 26 term of court.

Brandon Eugene Shoop appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on charges of theft by unlawful taking. Shoop pled not guilty, and his trial has been set for the January 26 term of court.

Heather Marie Shore appeared with legal counsel on charges of theft by unlawful taking and entered a not-guilty plea. Her trial will be held during the January 26 term of court.

Benjamin Troy Hovatter appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence. Hovatter was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will complete 12 months probation.

Philip Lee Collins appeared with legal counsel for sentencing on one count of driving under the influence. Collins will complete between 10 days and 23 months in the Franklin County Prison.

Justin Paul Stouffer appeared for sentencing and was ordered to complete between 15 days and six months in the Franklin County Prison for driving under the influence.

Timothy Marvin Mellott appeared with his attorney for a probation/parole-violation hearing. Mellott admitted to the violations and was recommitted to prison to serve the remainder of a previously imposed sentence.

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