Two Plead Not Guilty To D Felonies in Starke Circuit Court

Starke County Courthouse

Two initial hearings were heard in the Starke Circuit Court on Thursday for two men accused of Class D felonies.

Donald Dickson, Jr., of Plymouth faces charges of Theft after he allegedly stole a red moped from Behind Bars Motorsports in Knox. He pleaded not guilty last week to the charges, and requested a bond reduction, but the state disagreed. Dickson is held on a $20,000 surety bond in the Starke County Jail. He requested a court-appointed attorney, and his attorney status hearing was set for Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Dickson, 30, is also prohibited from entering Behind Bars Motorsports.

Thirty-year-old Steven Pastorcik, Jr., of Knox pleaded not guilty to charges of Possession of Methamphetamine on Thursday as well. He requested a bond reduction from Judge Kim Hall, but the state objected to the reduction, saying it should instead be increased. Judge Hall increased the bond to $1500 cash, and set Pastorcik’s pre-trial conference for Oct. 31 with a plea agreement deadline of Nov. 29. Pastorcik told the court that he will be retaining Timothy Lemon as his attorney. The state also requested that Pastorcik’s suspended sentence from a previous case to be executed, which would place him in jail for 18 months.