Cass County Circuit Court sentencingsPublished 8:52am Thursday, July 30, 2009
CASSOPOLIS – Robert Flohr, 38, of 427 Parkway St., Niles, drove under the influence of liquor on April 17 on Huntly Road after he took a car belonging to a friend without his permission. He crashed the automobile and totaled it.
Circuit Judge Michael Dodge noted Flohr has a record of substance abuse.
The offense was committed while on 18 months probation from a Berrien County conviction.
Dodge said Flohr has a poor performance on probation and gave him credit for time served of 52 days in jail.
He is to pay $2,000 restitution for a down payment on the wrecked car and $181 in costs.
Other July 24 sentencings are as follows:
• Jerry Owens, 40, of 100 Cross St., Dowagiac, received 90 days in jail for habitual-second possession of cocaine less than 25 grams. A Dowagiac police officer arrested Owens on an outstanding warrant and found evidence of cocaine in his vehicle. The offense was committed while on parole from a previous conviction. He is to pay $185 costs.
• Justin Berg, 38, of 12711 Bald Hill St., Jones, received a year in jail for third-offense domestic violence on May 10 against his wife and son while drinking alcohol at home. He attempted suicide. After being arrested, he attempted to hang himself with a seat belt in the squad car.
Berg’s wife pleaded for a long-term treatment program for him.
Dodge hoped during his stay in jail he would take advantage of programs available.
Berg’s father committed suicide, but Dodge said that was in the past.
“You have to think about people who are alive today,” the judge said.
Berg apologized to his family and said he “loved them more than anything in this world.”
He admitted he does need treatment. His costs were $128.