Opinions Aug. 14, 2013

August 14, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Richard Dillon v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses on interlocutory appeal denial of a motion to dismiss a Class D felony charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A divided court ruled that the state’s errant dismissal of an earlier OWI conviction upon which the felony enhancement relied could not be overcome by the state filing a nunc pro tunc motion to correct the mistake after the defendant was charged with drunken driving a second time within five years. Judges Nancy Vaidik and Ezra Friedlander formed the majority from which Judge John Baker dissented, arguing that the court lacked the authority to dismiss a charge upon which conviction was entered, and that defendants should not benefit from scriveners’ errors.

Christopher Naas v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication, finding there was evidence that Naas alarmed people by yelling and walking aggressively toward them, and evidence of intoxication was sufficient to support the charge.

Nick McIlquham v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. The concern over the welfare of McIlquham’s young daughter gave police officers the ability to conduct a warrantless search as part of their community-caretaking duties. Consequently, the COA ruled that the trial court properly admitted the items into evidence that police seized from the apartment. Also the scales found in the apartment provide enough evidence to support McIlquham’s conviction for possession of paraphernalia.  

In Re the Matter of I.E.: J.E. v. W.L. and R.L. and N.V. (NFP)
Juvenile paternity. Affirms granting of father’s motion for change of custody and declining to award mother visitation with child. Reverses trial court’s order granting visitation rights to the guardians.

Eric D. Smith v. J. David Donahue, Dan McBride, Linda Vannatta, Pam Bane, and Nell Hayes (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s denial of Smith’s request for a new trial.  

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: M.B. (Minor Child), and B.B. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of B.B.’s (mother) parental rights to her daughter, M.B.

James Ticen v. Vicki Ticen (NFP)

Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s division of assets in the dissolution of James Ticen’s marriage to Vicki Ticen. Concludes the trial court acted within its discretion when it divided the parties’ marital assets and when it ordered James to pay Vicki an equalization payment over time.  

Phillip Rogers v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class D felony theft.

Billy J. Lemond v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Lemond’s petition for post-conviction relief.  

Jonathon McDonald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of child molesting, Class A felonies, and two counts of vicarious sexual gratification, Class B felonies.

 Dwayne E. Gray v. Chase Home Finance, LLC. (NFP)
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s denial of Gray’s motion for summary judgment and striking of his second amended complaint.

Joseph A. Taylor v. Sgt. Rinehart (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s denial of Taylor’s motion for relief from judgment.

Henry McMullen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.  

Michael Burnett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Burnett’s sentence of an aggregate executed term of 28 years following his guilty plea.   

William Gajdik v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and aggregate sentence of 148 years for attempted murder, burglary and robbery.  

Arthur Dale Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Dismisses Miller’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction.  

Wilby Stumph v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Stumph’s 17-year sentence for dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony and his adjudication as an habitual substance offender.

Lamar Allen Colley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction for battery as a Class A misdemeanor.  

Daljit Gill v. Baldish Gill (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms order by trial court which ultimately resulted in the setting aside of the property distribution portion of the marriage dissolution decree and an order for the sale of the marital residence.
In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of J.B. (Minor Child), and T.S. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights of T.S. (mother) with regard to J.B. (child).

Nichole Temple v. AM General (NFP)
Civil. Affirms the judgment of the Full Worker’s Compensation Board denying Temple’s request for benefits because she failed to satisfy her burden of proof with regard to the causation of her condition.  

Willie Drew v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions for battery as a Class C felony and domestic battery as a Class D felony.  

Willis James Simmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence for Simmons’ conviction of domestic battery in the presence of his children, a Class D felony, Indiana Code Section 35-42-2-1.3.

Jami C. Sipich v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 37-year sentence for attempted robbery as a Class A felony.

Jodi Sears v. Rachel Rust-Johnisee (NFP)
Protection order. Affirms trial court’s order for protection issued under Indiana Code 34-26-5.

Darod A. Wheeler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Remands with instructions to calculate the credit time Wheeler should receive and an amendment of the abstract of the judgment to reflect the credit. Concludes that Wheeler is entitled to credit for time served and good time credit for the days he was placed on home detention.  
Jesse Doyle, Jr., v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms in part and reverses in part. Upholds conviction for Class A felony attempted child molesting but vacates the two merged Class A felony child molesting while armed with a deadly weapon convictions.

Randall W. Ogle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Ogle’s aggregate executed sentence of 10 years for one court of reckless homicide, a Class C felony; one count of possession of a destructive device, a Class C felony; and one court of possession of marijuana in excess of 30 grams, a Class D felony.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decision prior to IL deadline.