Two Appear in Court in Separate Theft and Meth Incidents

 Two cases, but two different results were heard on Wednesday in Starke County Circuit Court.

30-year-old Dennis Wilson appeared before Judge Kim Hall to enter a guilty plea as part of a plea agreement. He’s the man who, in November of 2014 allegedly stole protein bars and rice crispy snacks from Good-2-Go in North Judson. The total stolen amounted to just under $7.00.

As part of the plea agreement, Wilson was facing a Level 6 felony count of Intimidation and a Misdemeanor charge of Theft. According to police, Wilson was stopped for questioning in the theft incident when he allegedly said he was in town to “kill cops.”

Judge Hall rescheduled Wilson’s hearing for May 18th due to a history of mental health. An assessment will likely be conducted during that time to better determine the whether Wilson’s plea will be accepted by the court.

The court did, however, sentence 29-year-old James Howard.

He was facing a Level 6 felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine. His arrest stems from a March incident when Knox Police served an arrest warrant to an individual he was staying with. A voluntary search of the home allegedly located a small amount of the substance in Howard’s bedroom.

This was Howard’s first time being arrested. A plea agreement was accepted, with Judge Hall sentencing Howard to 13 months suspended in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

He will receive credit for time served.