Circuit Court Judge David Talley heard several cases during the criminal division of Columbia County Circuit Court Thursday.
In the case of Damien Wolfson, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Phillips said the case would most likely come back to court on February 6 after the federal case that is pending is completed. Phillips said the indictment is now under seal.
Wolfson is charged with fleeing his vehicle, criminal mischief, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine/cocaine with purpose of delivery; possession of Schedule VI drug with purpose of delivery; trafficking controlled substances, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of firearm by convicted offender and is a habitual offender.
Wolfson and his brother, Nicholas Payne Wolfson, both of Manteca, CA., were arrested in September. Damien Wolfson was identified as the driver of a vehicle that was observed by law enforcement running a stop sign near the intersection of Clay and Union streets. Nicholas Wolfson was the passenger.
They fled a pursuit and damaged a Magnolia Police Department vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous loaded firearms, marijuana in jars and bags, and a large bag of methamphetamine.
Michael A. Green plead guilty to having methamphetamine and crack cocaine and a pipe to inject crack and a marijuana pipe on March 15, 2019. Green also has two prior felonies. Andrew Best represented Green and is working to get his client into a long-term rehabilitation facility.
Cora Chambers, charged with fraudulent insurance acts, told the judge it would be after the holidays and into February before she could secure an attorney to represent her. Phillips did not take issue with this and the case was passed to February 6.
Walter Hollis, charged with rape and sexual indecency with a child, is getting a review by the state hospital to check his mental status. His case will be back on the docket January 16. Public defender Jessica Yarbrough asked if it would be OK if his ankle monitor was taken off since he was on house arrest and Phillips said as long as his mother agreed to keep him on house arrest and accompany him on any mental treatment appointments, there were no objections.
The case of Xavier McBride will be postponed to December 19 with an extended period because there is a new charge and Yarbrough needs more time to confer with her client. He is charged with furnishing prohibited arts, possession of marijuana, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
There was a hearing in the case of Kevie Walker on the status of if he should remain in the Alternative Sentencing Program. Walker is charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and fleeing. An Arkansas Community Corrections parole officer asked for him to be taken off the program because he had violated the terms of the program since entering it on May 16, 2019. She said on May 22, 2019, he tested positive for marijuana. Another violation was only completing four hours of the 120 hours required of community service. Additionally, he had only paid $200 towards the $655 of fines he owed to the court.
Walker testified and said he had transportation issues and that had kept him from doing required community service, but that he had reliable transportation now.
After the hearing, Talley allowed Walker to stay in the ASP program but added 40 hours to his 116 remaining hours of community service. He also gave him a warning.
“If you comply with probation, we will seal your record, if you test positive on probation, there is a good chance you will go to the penitentiary,” Talley said. “Don’t mess this opportunity up.”
Jeanie Stevens, charged with commercial burglary of over $1,000 plead guilty and received a three-year suspended imposition of sentencing. The Louisiana resident will also pay restitution for being the look out on April 21, 2019 while other defendants broke into a storage facility and took things such as TVs, generators and pumps. After the SIS is completed, her record will be sealed.
Ashley Dodson, charged with possession of controlled substance, did not show up to court Thursday. A $25,000 bench warrant was issued.
The case of Larry Todd will be back on the books on December 19, Yarbrough said. Todd has a case pending in Ouachita County and is in drug court in that county, she said.
Christina Cox did not show up for court Thursday. A $5,000 bench warrant was issued. She is charged with possession of a schedule I/II and furnishing prohibited articles.
Ashley Trunkhill, charged with forgery II and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card was not in court Thursday. A $15,000 bench warrant was issued.
Yarbrough asked for a mental evaluation for her client Jamie Jacobs, charged with revocation-SIS, possession of a controlled substance, seven counts of aggravated assault and eight counts of terroristic threatening. Jacobs, a habitual offender, will be back in court on December 19. Yarbrough also asked that the crime lab share information needed on her case so that she would be prepared for trial in February.
Ishmeal Duncan was in court on a district court appeal for DWI. He admitted to DWI on April 27, 2019 and refusing to submit to a chemical test. He was also driving on a suspended driver’s license. This is his second DWI offense within five years. He was fined $2,000 in fees related to DWI on top of the other costs and fees related to his sentence. He will also have to serve 10 days in county jail, but Talley said he would ask the sheriff if those could be done on the weekends.
Terrance Critton, in court for revocation-probation, plead guilty to possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on December 9, 2018 and to having plead to violation of his probation on June 9, 2019, was supposed to have gone to a long-term rehabilitation facility in Hot Springs. However, he had some substantial medical issues that kept him out of the facility and caused him to be in the hospital. Now he is out of the hospital and to combat his pain, he has been issued a medical marijuana card.
Critton’s attorney said his client would need to continue using medical marijuana to combat pain.
Talley said he wasn’t sure what all of the judges in the 13th Judicial District would say, but said a condition of probation was not to break any laws, and possessing marijuana is still not legal at the federal level. Talley recommended Critton get a doctor’s note explaining that the medical marijuana was the only thing that could be prescribed for his pain.
“Also if you test positive for marijuana, you cannot operate a motor vehicle,” Talley said. “I know your health is your first priority. You were given 10 years’ probation in 2018, and that probation is continued.”
Critton was also given SIS for six years and told to show up for court or a bench warrant would be issued.
Ronnie Smith’s case will be moved to December 19. Yarbrough said she needed body camera evidence to make a better decision in the case. The charges against Smith are two counts of terroristic threatening, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing on foot.
Phillips asked for the case of Ryan Waller to be moved to the January 9 court date.
“This is a different case your honor,” Phillips said.
Waller is charged with reckless driving, assault II and driver’s license required.
James Hays, charged with theft of over $1,000 plead guilty to breaking and entering onto the property of Country Road 2120 in Taylor on August 20, 2019 and taking a compound bow, assorted toys and a bicycle. Talley asked Hays why he had picked on this family by taking their things.
“We were out four-wheeling and thought it was abandoned,” Hays said.
The property was given back to the owners and Hays has been entered into the ASP program.
Brandon Woods in court for revocation of SIS was sentenced to one year in county jail. Woods failed to report to River Ridge Treatment. The case will be passed to February 6 while a burglary in which Woods may have been involved is investigated. Woods also tested positive for THC and alcohol after not going into treatment.
Jimmy Bennett, public defender, said he was seeking a mental evaluation for his client Phillip Glasgow. Glasgow is charged with arson, burglary resident, theft of property of $5,000.
Doris Lindsey was in court for the charge of aggravated assault on family/household member. Phillips said he would make the offer of ASP for Lindsey but January 9 was the drop-dead date.
Regine Johnson plead guilty to having ecstasy tablets during a vehicle search September 1, 2019. She was given SIS for five years.
A hearing to amend the bond of Shelvin Jackson was held and Talley agreed to lower it to $5,000. This decision was made with the understanding that Jackson would be living with his sister in TEXarkana, Texas and she would make sure he made all his court appearances and meetings back in Columbia County.
“Don’t pull his ear completely off,” Talley told Jackson’s older sister after she agreed to take in her brother and hold him to the rules of the court and her house.
Jeffery Trachsler, charged with possession of methamphetamine/cocaine; habitual offender of four or more offenses, was not in court Thursday. A bond of $25,000 was issued.
William Paul Hunter, a habitual offender was in court being charged with two counts of adult exploitation. Thursday was his first appearance. He is being charged with taking two sums of money -- $722.59 and over $4,000 from a resident at Community Compassion Center. Talley said if convicted he could serve between five to 20 years in prison and fines not to exceed $15,000.
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