Arrest warrants issued after failure to appear

POMEROY —Arrest warrants have been issued for four individuals after they reportedly failed to appear for hearings in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

A statement on Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley’s office Facebook page stated, on Aug. 23, 2017, Meigs County Court of Common Pleas Judge I. Carson Crow issued arrest warrants for failing to appear at scheduled hearings for Aaron Cordell, Charles Reitmire, Jr., Brittany Batten, and Mary Lou Sidney.

Sidney failed to appear for an initial pre-trial conference while Cordell, Reitmire, and Batten all failed to appear for a termination from diversion hearing, according to the statement.

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley previously filed a “Notice of Termination from Diversion” and a “Motion to Accept Defendant’s Guilty Plea” in the cases against Cordell, Reitmire, and Batten alleging that each has failed to comply with the terms of the diversion program.

Cordell, Reitmire, and Batten each previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of Non-Support of Dependents, a felony of the fifth degree. Those pleas were held in abeyance pending the successful completion of the diversion program. Cordell entered the diversion program in September 2015, Reitmire entered the diversion program in April 2016, and Batten entered the diversion program in January 2016.

The State moved for arrest warrants after Cordell, Reitmire, Batten, and Sidney failed to appear for their scheduled hearings, and arrest warrants were issued. If anyone has information regarding their whereabouts, you are asked to report such information to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Information provided by the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.

Staff Report