Several offenders appeared for initial hearings before Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall Wednesday afternoon.
William Lamphier pleaded not guilty to charges of Burglary as a Class C Felony and Receiving Stolen Property as a Class D Felony. Lamphier, of Walkerton, was arrested on Nov. 27 after he allegedly broke into a home in North Liberty and stole tools, a gas can, a weedeater and other items.
After a discussion about his financial situation, Judge Hall appointed him an attorney. Lamphier requested a bond reduction, but after Judge Hall reviewed his charges and the case, he raised his bond to $2,000 cash. Lamphier then asked the judge if he could request a fast and speedy trial. Judge Hall told Lamphier that he would need to speak to his attorney about filing a motion to reflect that request. Lamphier insisted that he be given a trial right then. Judge Hall reminded Lamphier that he had to file any requests through his lawyer and again Lamphier insisted that he be given a trial immediately. Judge Hall denied that request and raised his bond to $5,000 cash and closed his initial hearing.
Matthew Hamilton and Lindsey Dennis pleaded not guilty to charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a Public Park, a Class C Felony and Possession of Paraphernalia. The substance allegedly found in their possession was heroin. They were both given cash bonds of $7,500. Hamilton also faces a charge of Failure to Appear and False Informing. They were both arrested on Nov. 23.