Woman gets 120-day sentence

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A driver accused of hitting a police car with an officer inside it pleaded guilty to all charges last week in Van Buren County Circuit Court.

Earleen Ann Cooper was arrested in June and charged with speeding, improper lane change, battery-second degree, criminal mischief-first degree, resisting arrest, fleeing and driving on a suspended license. On Nov. 21 she pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Michael Maggio to 160 days in jail and 60 months probation. She already has served her time.

Cooper told the judge she “went home instead of stopping for the blue lights.”

“I led them on a nice little chase,” she said.

Also pleading guilty in court Nov. 21 was Kimberly L. Pearson. Originally charged with domestic battery-second degree and domestic battering-third degree felony, the charge was amended to endangering the welfare of a minor. She was sentenced to 72 months suspended imposition of sentence and a $1,500 fine.

An Act III mental evaluation was ordered for Thomas D. Ware, who is charged with rape and sexual assault-first degree. His next court date is set for Feb. 10, 2014.

Dillon Jaye Reddick pleaded guilty to sexual assault-second degree, a Class B felony. Acknowledging that he touched a minor in inappropriate places on more than one occasion, he was sentenced to 120 months probation and a $2,000 fine. He also must register as a sex offender.

Jeremy Bixler, charged with speeding, DWI and several other offenses, mostly traffic violations, was determined to have his say during his appearance. Cautioned twice by Maggio to remain silent or have his words used against him, Bixler still wanted to speak.

“I just got this new car and I wanted to see how fast it could go,” Bixler said.

His bond was set at $5,000. His next court date is Dec. 19.

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