Court beat

From March 2-6, the White County Prosecutor’s Office filed 15 cases related to criminal matters for a total of 161 cases so far this year. They include 10 misdemeanors, three case-related filings and two cases with at least one Level 6 felony charge.

A Level 6 felony carries a potential sentence of six months to a year in jail.

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Justin T. Barker, 26, of the 300 block of North Clark Street, Reynolds, was charged March 2 with one count of possession of marijuana, a Level 6 felony after prosecutors added an enhancement to the charge due to a previous conviction in January 2012 for possession of marijuana of which he possessed 30 grams.

Chase W. Engles, 30, of the 500 block of East Street, Monticello, was charged March 6 with one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and one count of driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor.

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The Herald Journal doesn’t publish information about charges where a warrant is waiting to be served for the safety of law enforcement personnel and to avoid alerting suspects.

All information in the court beat is obtained through the White County court files. All suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty.