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April 5, 2013

Courthouse Updates

Simmons casesscheduled for April 11

Kirk D. Simmons, 40, and Sarah Mae Simmons, both of Knoxville, are scheduled to be back in court on April 11. A search warrant executed Dec. 14, 2012, at the couple’s home led to charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia against Kirk and a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charge against Sarah. A hearing on a motion to suppress in Sarah’s case is scheduled, as well as a pretrial conference in Kirk’s case on that date.

Sarah’s motion to suppress is based on a lack of probable cause upon which the search warrant was granted. In the motion, it is stated that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

Guiter hearingcontinued

Scott Joseph Guiter, 42, of Knoxville, has pled not guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal mischief. Guiter is accused of keying the side of a vehicle on June 19, 2012, causing $1,140.94 in damage. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Stice court appearance set for April 5

Brian Dean Stice, 50, of Pella, is scheduled to be in court on April 5. Stice has two cases pending against him.

The first stems from a Dec. 10, 2012, arrest made after police reviewed his phone records after obtaining a subpoena. The phone records indicated that Stice had conspired with two other individuals, identified in court documents only by initial, to manufacture methamphetamine. He has pled not guilty to this charge.

While this charge was pending, Stice was pulled over in Pella on Feb. 28. During the traffic stop, an officer searched his vehicle and allegedly found two bags with a total of 1.7 grams of methamphetamine. Stice was charged with possession of less than five grams of meth with the intent to deliver.

Kingma sentenced

John Earl Kingma, 58, of Pella, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on March 22. Kingma was found guilty of first-degree theft after stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a car wash over a period of five years.

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