Bonds set in felony cases


GREENVILLE – A few of the recently detained will be remaining locked up for a while longer as they await advancement of their cases in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Peter Cheadle is charged with one count of domestic violence that ocurred April 18. The charge is a fourth-degree felony, and the indictment includes a specification for a previous domestic violence conviction. The maximum penalty is 18 months in prison and $5,000 fine.

Cheadle is beling represented by Randall Breaden, with Jesse Green of the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office representing the state.

Breaden submitted a written motion for bond modification, but the state noted the defendant continues to reoffend with the same victim. The judge continued the bond of $75,000 but said he would consult with Adult Probation office regarding modifying bond.

Jesse Eugene Steen was indicted on two counts of domestic violence, fourth-degree felonies, and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor. He will be defended by David Rohrer, with Green representing the state.

The fourth-degree felonies carry a maximum of up to 18 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine on each. The misdemeanor maximum is 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

Steen initially was released on an own recognizance bond, but he quickly allegedly reoffended, resulting in the second and third counts of the indictment, so his bond was set at $25,000.

Jeffrey Michael McDowell appeared on probation violations related to four cases for trafficking in heroin, theft and forgery, on which he was serving community control sanctions. Adult Probation reported McDowell has failed to report as ordered, failed to report a change of address, failed maintain employment when he was fired from Weaver Brothers, and failed to make monthly payments toward restitution.

McDowell admitted to repeated heroin use over the past few weeks after getting off the Vivitrol program to have some dental work done.

His maximum penalty would be 17 months in jail, less credit for time served.

McDowell will be represented by Randall Breaden, with the state’s case being made by Deborah Quigley.

Bond was set at $20,000.

Darren Woods was indicted on a charge of trafficking in heroin , a fourth-degree felony. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

His attorney, Randall Breaden, said he would not request bond modification at this time, as his client had requested to remain incarcerated as the best thing for him, considering his addiction.

Ryan J. Hiestand was indicted on three counts of grand theft, fourth-degree felonies, for theft of motor vehicles, as well as two counts of breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies.

He faces six and a half years in prison and $20,000 maximum penalty.

His attorney, Randall Breaden, requested an own recognizance bond, which was granted, but Hiestand was ordered to report daily to Adult Probation to ensure he is continuing to take his prescribed medications.




By Rachel Lloyd

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