Charge amended for aggravated assault and battery

SHERIDAN — A not guilty plea and amended charge were entered on behalf of Charlene Meece in Sheridan County Circuit Court Sept. 5.

A charge of felony aggravated assault and battery was amended to reckless endangering, which carries potential punishments of up to one year incarceration and up to a $1,000 fine.

Aggravated assault and battery carries potential punishments of up to 10 years incarceration and up to a $10,000 fine.

Meece was arrested July 6 and charged July 8 after law enforcement responded to a report that Meece had stolen a vehicle after consuming alcohol, court documents said. David Lamers told law enforcement officers his girlfriend, Meece, had stolen his truck after a verbal altercation.

Lamers tried to stop Meece from taking the vehicle by standing in front of it, court documents said. Witnesses said they saw the truck stop short of Lamers once before the truck accelerated again and Lamers jumped out of the way but sustained a leg injury, court documents said.

Meece said she knew she hit Lamers but didn’t intend to hurt him. Lamers told officers he was a recovering heroin user and suffered from bipolar disorder. Meece told officers they had both used methamphetamine within five days of her arrest.

A date for Meece’s next court appearance has not been set but the conditions of her $5,000 bond remain the same.


Man failed to appear on criminal entry citation

SHERIDAN — Isaac Miller failed to appear in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Miller was cited on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal entry April 21 after a Sheridan resident reported Miller had entered her residence and refused to leave, court documents said.

Criminal trespass and criminal entry each carry potential punishments of up to six months incarceration and up to a $750 fine.

When officers contacted Miller, he had just left the resident’s house and could not confirm where he was or where he had come from.

The resident said Miller appeared to be high and had raised his fists to attack when the resident’s husband ordered him to leave. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 18.

Man to plead guilty to charges of DUI, reckless driving, eluding police

SHERIDAN — Joseph Miller is anticipated to  plead guilty to charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and eluding police per a plea agreement, Sheridan County Deputy and Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa said.

Law enforcement officers located a black SUV matching the description of a citizen report of a drunk driver and an additional vehicle, a red truck, at the intersection of Highway 338 and Beatty Spur Road April 30, court documents said.

While officers conducted a traffic stop of the black SUV, the red truck sped away, spinning tires and blowing black smoke.

A deputy followed the truck and activated his patrol lights and siren. The truck traveled south on Highway 338 at more than 100 miles per hour before slowing down and failing to turn at Beatty Spur Road.

After a chase where Miller allegedly made a U-turn and accelerated toward the officer’s patrol car, hit a fence on Beatty Gulch Road and then stopped, Miller finally complied with officer’s directions to turn off the engine.

Miller yelled at and approached the officer in a threatening manner and did not heed warnings that he would be “tased” if he did not stop advancing. The officer deployed his taser to Miller’s upper body and placed him under arrest.

The officer observed empty cans of beer inside the truck, the smell of alcohol on Miller and bloodshot eyes. Miller allegedly admitted to being at a bar before the incident and said he thought about colliding with the officer’s patrol car on the highway.

Miller allegedly violated conditions of his bond July 16 when he was late to complete a breath alcohol test for Sheridan County Bail Bonds LLC.


Man to continue with jury trial for taking big game during closed season

SHERIDAN — Tyrell Old Coyote waived his right to a speedy trial until he can locate a witness for a jury trial, currently scheduled for Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. in Sheridan County Circuit Court.

Old Coyote initially pleaded not guilty to citations of taking elk without a license and taking whitetail buck during a closed season in November 2017, court documents said.