Cass County Circuit Court sentencings

Published 10:57 pm Wednesday, December 17, 2008

By By NORMA LERNER / Vigilant/Argus
CASSOPOLIS – In sentencings Friday, Dec. 12: Autumn Weldon, 30, 225 Fremont Street, Bronson, received two years of probation plus the first 90 days to be spent in jail for attempted larceny in a building Oct.7, 2007, at the home of her foster mother Ella Henney in Vandalia. Henney cared for her since she was 15 years old. She took numerous items and medications belonging to her two children, one who is handicapped. Weldon said she was sorry. She is to pay a $240 probation fee, $3,949 restitution and costs of $920.
Kyle Shay, 21, 25362 M-60, Cassopolis, 120 days jail for possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle Oct. 29 on Union Road, Cassopolis. He may be released from jail after serving 90 days if he pays assessments of $820.
James Ott, 67, 55184 Twin Lakes Road, Dowagiac, received two years probation plus 60 days jail for driving through a school yard while drunk on Sept. 11. Ott crossed the center line on E. State Street, went through a fence and into the school yard at Sam Adams School. It was 2 p.m. when children could have been present, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Frank Machnik said. His blood alcohol level was 0.22 percent, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He is to pay $1,945 in costs and attend the Victim Impact Panel.
Darius Nickens, 26, of 111 Pokagon St., Dowagiac, received one year jail for fleeing a police officer and credit for time served of 57 days for possession of marijuana Oct. 17 in Dowagiac. He is to pay $180 costs.
Terrell Blackamore, 40, of 226 S. Paul St., Dowagiac, received 270 days jail each for possession of a contraband and habitual-second possession of cocaine less than 25 grams on Oct. 21 on W. High Street, Dowagiac. He has three prior convictions. His term is concurrent and consecutive to prior sentences. Circuit Judge Michael Dodge told Blackamore he has a lot of talent going to waste as he has been employed.
Kurtis Hawkins, 41, of 53834 Gards Prairie Road, Decatur, received 90 days jail and two years probation for third-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Dowagiac on Oct. 21. His blood alcohol level was 0.09 percent. He is to pay $1,660 costs.
Donnetta Jordan, 38, of 410 Maple St., Dowagiac, got 30 concurrent days jail for each of maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana and attempted possession of cocaine less than 25 grams on Feb. 13 on Maple Street. She also was put on 18 months of probation and received $916 costs.