Division 3 Circuit Judge Charles Clawson spent a good deal of time in court Tuesday housecleaning as he worked to close out years-old civil cases and transferred many more to Division 1.
Beginning in January, former prosecutor H.G. Foster will be on the bench in Division 1 after being appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to finish out the term of Judge David Reynolds who moves to District Court. Division 2 Judge Mike Maggio will begin hearing more criminal cases in January.
"This transition has generated more paperwork than I ever would have imagined," Clawson said Tuesday.
In criminal cases in Van Buren County Circuit Court Tuesday morning:
• It was announced that a plea deal has been reached in the case of former Clinton School District employee Kevin Widener and he will be back in court on Jan. 29, 2013. Widener, 35, was charged in April with sexual assault-second degree in a case involving a student.
• Dale Harvey Brown, 73, will be back in court for pretrial on Jan. 29. He is charged with manufacturing, delivering and possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Deputy Prosecutor Graham Jones told the court he had e-mailed a report from the state Crime Lab to Brown’s attorney, Charles Hancock, on Monday. Hancock said he needed discovery from a 2008 case. Clawson instructed Hancock to file any motions in the case by Jan. 10.
• Kimberly A. Davidson, 21, will return to court on Feb. 5, 2013, to face charges of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• John Paul Kitscher, 52, will be in court Jan. 29 for a pretrial hearing. He is charged with terroristic threatening-first degree, a felony, and public intoxication, a misdemeanor. Jones said a plea deal has been offered.
• Jan. 29 is also the date that James Richard Mahaney, 41, will be back in court. He is charged with battery-second degree, aggravated assault and criminal mischief-first degree.
• Constance Marie Chapman, 22, was ordered to return to court with an attorney on Jan. 29. Chapman is in custody on a case from Cleburne County. Chapman’s fine from that county will be paid off through jail time on Dec. 6. The charge against Chapman is battery-second degree.
• Charles Slack, 40, charged with theft by receiving and possession of firearms by certain persons, will be back in court for pretrial on Feb. 5.
• Roger Dale McKnight, 58, charged with possession of a controlled substance, was ordered to return to court on Feb. 5.
• Jerald Glenn Bell, charged with manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance, will be back on court on Feb. 5.
• Christa Lynn MacNear, 45, has rejected a plea offer of 10 years, according to her attorney Hubert Alexander Jr. A pretrial date of Feb. 5 was set. Charges against MacNear include possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones said the plea offer will remain on the table until Feb. 5.
• Ryan William Tice, 38, will be back in court on Jan. 29 on a charge of terroristic threatening-first degree. Jones said discovery is complete in the case and a plea offer has been tendered.
• Charles N. Black, 30, charged with aggravated assault, will be back in court on Jan. 29.
Also due back in court on Jan. 29:
— James Leslie Honeycutt, 48, charged with terroristic threatening.
— John Brandon Kocher, 34, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of prohibited weapons, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
— Darren Wayne Honeycutt, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms by certain persons. He was ordered to appear with an attorney.
— Michael Jospeh Folkenroth, charged with arson and burglary-residential. Joe Don Winningham, appointed as public defender in the case, said he would be filing some motions. Clawson said to have them filed by Jan. 10. Jones said a plea offer has been tendered and will remain on the table until Jan. 29.
— Brandon Lovell, 26, charged with misdemeanor theft of property and burglary-residential, a felony.
— Frankie Dean Stewart. His public defender, Robert Thacker, said he is in the process of providing information to the prosecutor’s office about a case Stewart has pending in Mississippi. Jones said that case would determine the state’s plea offer.
— Vonda Moudy, 55, and Jimmy Paul Moudy Sr., 59, each charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, maintaining drug premises and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones said there is a probation offer on the table for each defendant.
— Jeremy Lee Bixler, 33, charged with terroristic threatening-first degree, a felony, and three misdemeanor charges — indecent exposure, resisting arrest and fleeing.
— Meagan N. Tygart, 22, charged with possession of a controlled substance.
— William Eric Honeycutt, 30, charged with domestic battery-second degree. Attorney Chad Brown said he would be filing motions in the case; Clawson said to have them filed by Jan. 10.
— Jeremy Curtis Weaver, 35, facing three felony drug charges. Jones said an offer has been made.