Jefferson County Judge Linda Bauer processed several cases in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday, hearing cases ranging from criminal mischief to domestic assault.
Two Arraigned For Domestic Assault
Two people appeared before Judge Bauer on Wednesday for domestic assault. Jennifer Howe started off the day being advised of her rights in court. She appeared via Jabber from the Jefferson County Jail. Howe is charged with third degree domestic assault, a class 1 misdemeanor. Ben Murray was appointed as her attorney and the case was continued to a later date.
In a separate case, Drew Minchow appeared via Jabber from the Saline County Court where he is currently housed. He was advised of his rights. He is also facing the charge of third degree domestic assault. Joe Casson was appointed to represent Minchow and the case was continued.
Intoxication Leads To Misdemeanor Charges
Two people who appeared in Jefferson County Court pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that arose from a drunken night out.
Kendra Barnts and Kristin VanWesten both faced the charges of criminal mischief, a class 3 misdemeanor, and disturbing the peace, also a class 3 misdemeanor. Jefferson County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz read the factual basis for the case, noting that Barnts and VanWesten were intoxicated when they damaged a vehicle on October 20. It was reported to the Fairbury Police Department as two females throwing rocks at a vehicle.
“JK (a witness who is a minor) said that they heard a bunch of yelling, and he came outside,” said Goltz. “He said that both females were standing by his car which was parked in the alley. He said that the shorter female, which was Kendra, was standing by his passenger window beating on it with what he thought was a rock. He said the other female was standing by his driver’s side window, beating on it herself. He asked them what they were doing and both females told him that this was their car and they needed to get their things out of it. He told them it was his and they started yelling profanities at the two juveniles.”
“I just don’t remember anything, honestly,” said Barnts after Goltz read the factual basis.
VanWesten told Judge Bauer that she is no longer drinking, and Judge Bauer stated she is glad VanWesten quit. Judge Bauer ordered a substance abuse evaluation for both Barnts and VanWesten and continued sentencing to a later date.
Defendant Receives Fine, Probation In DUI Case
Anthony Polson appeared for sentencing in a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) case. Polson’s attorney Ben Murray stated that his client is seeking treatment for substance abuse problems and asked Judge Bauer to sentence Polson to probation. She agreed with Murray and ordered Polson to pay a $500 fine and sentenced him to 12 months of probation. She advised Polson to take probation seriously and encouraged him to make a change in his life.
“I think you’re a good candidate for probation, but you need to take it seriously,” Judge Bauer said. “It seems to me you have a problem you need to address.
Others Fail To Appear
Brandon Henk, who was scheduled to appear for two cases on Wednesday failed to do so. Goltz asked Judge Bauer to revoke his bond and to issue a warrant for his arrest.
“His lack of attendance is not surprising,” said Goltz. “It is my understanding that he has warrants out for his arrest in Gage County for assault and possession.”
Judge Bauer agreed with Goltz and set two new bonds for Henk: one for $5,000, 10 percent, and another for $1,000, 10 percent.
Jennifer Camp also failed to appear for sentencing in a driving under suspension case. That case was continued until Nov. 22.