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Busy day in Hempstead County District Court

By John Miller, 08/5/13 3:34 PM

HC COURTROOM

It was a busy day for the Hempstead County District Court as almost 275 citations were on the docket to be dealt with.

Those who failed to show had warrants issued for their arrest. This will add an additional charge to the original citations, along with increasing the amount already owed.

The day began with Eighth Judicial District Judge Tony Yocom calling all who had been charged with driving while intoxicated before him. They were told their rights, then ushered out to be informed about the level one course they would be required to take to get their driver’s license reinstated. While this was being done, defendants were called before the judge.

An interpreter was procured for Rito Alvarado, who ended up pleading guilty to charges of speeding and having no vehicle license. He was fined $310 to be paid $50 per month starting Aug. 20.

Christian Archer was in court for his ninth driving on a suspended license offense. He was informed he could be placed in jail for 10 days. Yocom appointed a public defender to represent Archer and gave him an Aug. 26 trial date.

Mark Arnold pled guilty to driving on a suspended license, not wearing a seat belt and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was fined a total of $1,020 to be paid at $100 per month starting Sept. 1. Arnold told the court he would also pay $100 today.

George Bamburg forfeited $415 for failure to present insurance and failure to appear.

Cameron Bates forfeited $150 for speeding.

Heather Beatty pled guilty to not having driver’s license and not guilty on charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Both issues will be dealt with on Aug. 26, when she returns for a trial.

Robert Bell forfeited $150 for speeding, while Robert Bennett forfeited $160 for not having a permit.

Glenn Black pled guilty to speeding, was fined $150 and asked to have the fine garnished from his wages at $25 per week starting Aug. 16.

Christina Bond pled guilty to speeding and possession of marijuana. She was fined $1,120. Bond informed the court the fines had already been paid. Her driver’s license was suspended for six months, but she was given the opportunity to get a permit for work purposes.

Richard Brown pled guilty to speeding and failure to appear. He was fined $505 to be paid at $50 a month starting Aug. 16.

Sheila Brown forfeited $150 for speeding.

A juvenile offender forfeited $150 for speeding.

James Cole forfeited $140 for not wearing a seat belt and failure to present insurance.

Sharlee Cole pled guilty to charges of not having a driver’s license and failure to appear. She was fined $505 to be paid at $50 per month starting Sept. 1.

Nathan Collums forfeited $150 for speeding.

Michael Cox forfeited $160 for speeding.

Cody Cunningham forfeited $225 for drinking on highway.

A payment plan was pre-approved for Ashley Dennis for not wearing a seat belt and failure to appear.

Robert Dotson pled guilty to speeding and had a driving on a suspended license charge dismissed. He was fined $150 to be paid in full when he left court.

Nathan Driver’s father appeared on his son’s behalf. Driver had been charged with terroristic threatening. The case was continued until Oct. 21.

Tabitha Easttum pled not guilty to third degree battery and was given an Aug. 26 trial date.

Gilberto Elizonde forfeited $160 for speeding.

Erik Eskew forfeited $180 on a second overweight citation.

A pre-approved payment plan was given to Patrick Fenton on failure to comply charges.

Henry Lee Flowers fled not guilty to a second criminal trespassing charge. He was given an Aug. 26 court date, and waived counsel.

Cindy Gilbert had charges of third degree domestic battery and failure to appear dismissed.

Shannan Grimmer also had a charge of battery in the third degree dismissed.

A pre-approved payment plan for Dwana Haygood was set up. Haygood was cited for speeding, no proof of liability insurance and two counts of failure to appear. The fines totaled $1,025.

Shannon Haynie forfeited $70 for not wearing a seat belt.

Steven Henry pled guilty to driving on a suspended license and no vehicle license. He was fined $410 to be paid at $50 per month starting Aug. 9.

Brian Herring pled not guilty to a charge of theft of property. He is to appear in court Aug. 26.

Katrina Hicks forfeited $70 for not wearing a seat belt, and Misty Hollingshead forfeited $150 for speeding.

Jennifer Jackson pled guilty to speeding and failure to present insurance. She was fined $220 to be paid at $20 a week starting Aug. 16. She also agreed to pay $50 today.

Patricia Jefferson forfeited $310 for speeding and no child restraints.

Dustin Johnson forfeited $150 for speeding.

Nellie Kelley pled guilty to a second offense of not having a driver’s license and having no vehicle license. She was fined $320 to be paid at $50 a month.

Robert Kilburn pled guilty to DWI and refusing to take a breath test. He was fined $1,045, with a driving left of center charge nol-prossed. His license was suspended for six months and he was ordered to take a level one driver education class.

Jennifer Landers forfeited $160 for speeding.

Patricia Lane forfeited $150 for speeding.

Brandon Latin pled guilty to a fifth charge of driving on a suspended license, DWI, possession of a controlled substance and fleeing on foot. He told the court his license was suspended for not paying old fined, adding he’s been trying to find out what he needs to do to get them reinstated.

Yocom told Latin he could be sentenced to 10 days in jail on this charge and will go to jail if he gets another ticket for driving on a suspended license. “You can’t drive.”

Latin was fined $2,340 to be paid at $50 a month starting Sept. 1.

A juvenile offender forfeited $70 for not wearing a seat belt.

A payment plan was pre-approved for a juvenile charged with no driver’s license and failure to appear.

Katie Manning was in court for failure to comply. She told the court she thought she’d paid all of her fines. It was learned she still owed $5. Yocom told her to pay the $5 and dismissed the failure to comply citation.

Norma Martinez forfeited $150 for speeding.

Damein Mavis pled not guilty to battery in the third degree. He was given a court date of Aug. 26, and waived counsel.

Ricky McGinnis forfeited $344 for overweight/overloaded.

Clay McKim pled guilty to DWI, was fined $1,025, had his license suspended six months, and ordered to take a level one driver education course.

Jason Mills pled guilty to driving on a suspended license DWI, which means his license was initially suspended on a DWI charge. Mills told the court the suspension was for his third DWI. He was fined $250 and given the choice of 10 days in jail or wearing an ankle monitor for 10 days. He opted for the ankle monitor.

Jeffrey Mitchell pled not guilty to speeding and was given an Aug. 26 court date.

Montez Monk pled guilty to speeding and disregarding a stop sign. He was fined $320 to be paid at $100 a month starting Sept. 1.

Josey Moten pled not guilty to speeding, but guilty to failure to present insurance. She was given an Aug. 26 court date and told to bring proof of insurance.

A 15-year-old was cited for no driver’s license and not wearing a seat belt. The fine was $230 and is to be worked off with 20 hours of community service.

Dennis Myrick forfeited $1,160 for overweight/overloaded.

Spencer Powell forfeited $75 for failure to comply.

Catherine Reineking forfeited $150 for speeding.

Jaiar Robinson pled guilty to driving on a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt. He was fined $320 to be paid at $50 a month starting Sept. 15.

Malaysha Robinson forfeited $75 for failure to comply.

Steven Ruiz forfeited $70 for failure to present insurance.

John Sassar pled guilty to speeding, was fined $160, to be paid in full today, and told he could keep the citation off his record by taking an on-line defensive driving course.

Oryan Shepard had a payment plan approved for not having a vehicle license, no proof of liability insurance and speeding. The fines totaled $620.

Franklin Silliavan pled not guilty to speeding and was given an Aug. 26 court date.

A charge of failure to appear was dismissed and while a citation for not having trailer lights garnered a guilty plea from Justin Smillie, who paid a fine of $160.

Barney Smith forfeited $160 for speeding.

Richard Staples pled not guilty to charges of fleeing on foot, battery in the third degree and obstructing government operations. Yocom set a bond of $1,000 on the county charges and another $1,000 for city charges. “I’m reluctant to let you go because I’m worried if I let you go we won’t see you again voluntarily.” Staples was also ordered to have no contact with the battery victims or he would go to jail until his Aug. 26 trial date.

Michael Sullivan will return to court on Aug. 26 on for a battery in the third degree trial. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charge in district court Monday and waived counsel.

A juvenile forfeited $70 for not wearing a seat belt.

Ciara Trotter pled guilty to DWI and no proof of liability insurance. She was fined $1,325 to be paid at $50 a month starting Sept. 1. She was also ordered to take a level one driver education course before her license can be reinstated. Trotter told the court she’s already paying $25 every two weeks on city fines. She was informed these charges were different as they are county fines.

Gareth Turner pled guilty to two counts of no driver’s license. He was fined $320 to be paid at $50 a month starting Aug. 9.

Jordan Vansickle had charges of failure to appear and domestic battery in the third degree dismissed as he’d completed a required course.

Rashard Walker forfeited $505 for speeding and failure to appear.

Nathan Warf forfeited $150 for speeding.

Vincent Wesley pled guilty to no vehicle license and no proof of liability insurance. He was fined $460 to be paid at $50 a month starting Sept. 1.

A domestic battery charge against Deborah Williams and Ricky Williams was placed under advisement for six months. The couple was told if there are no further such incidents all charges will be dropped. The no-contact order against Ricky Williams was lifted.

Glen Young Jr. forfeited $70 for not wearing a seat belt.

Thomas Youngblood had a charge of battery in the third degree dismissed.

Daniel Flores forfeited $200 for excessive driving hours.