Five waive preliminary hearings in Tuesday session of the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court

Crime and Courts

Five defendants waived preliminary hearings Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Their cases were bound for court appearances either Thursday or next month in Division One.

Trenton residents Daniel Brown and Krystal Leanna Martin are charged with trafficking drugs, or an attempt to do so, as of December 24th. Both are to be in court tomorrow. Also scheduled for circuit court tomorrow is David Clay-Austin Travis of Spickard. He’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution – both from, November 9th.

The next court appearances are February 13th for Justin Wayne Stephenson of Trenton and Melissa Brill of Glenwood. Stephenson faces two counts of felony stealing from August 26th and November 19th. Melissa Brill is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid as well as unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – amphetamine/methamphetamine from October 11.

Laredo resident Craig Austin Troester pleaded guilty to three wildlife violations.

Six other counts were dismissed by the state. The imposition of sentence was suspended. Judge Steve Hudson placed Troester on two years probation; ordered him to donate $100 for each of three counts to the law enforcement restitution fund; pay the court costs; and to perform 20 hours of community service per each count.

Online court information describes the charges for Troester as to pursue, take, kill, possess, or dispose of wildlife illegally on November 1st of 2018. The court noted if no violations and all conditions are met during the first year, a request can be considered for early release from probation.

Rachel Beth Sibbit of Trenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession charge from November 3rd. She was fined $300, court costs, and is to donate $100 to the law enforcement restitution fund.

A resident of Harris, Dorothy Gail Vasey, pleaded guilty to five counts of passing bad checks on five separate dates in late 2018 and early 2019 in Grundy County.

The associate court judge accepted the plea agreement which including the prosecutors’ recommendation. Dorothy Vasey was placed on two years probation, ordered to pay court costs, donate $100 to the law enforcement restitution fund, and to pay restitution of $1,566.