Opinions July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016
KEYWORDS Opinions / neglect

Indiana Court of Appeals
Pinnacle Properties Development Group, LLC v. Sarah Oliver (mem. dec.)
Small claim. Affirms judgment in favor of Oliver on Pinnacle Properties’ small claim action seeking as damages unpaid rent and an unpaid utility bill, as well as possession of Oliver’s apartment.

In the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of Ja.V. (Minor Child) and J.V. (Father) v. The Ind. Dept. of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Desmond Aaron v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Vino Mason v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Reverses trial court ruling that merged the convictions of Class D felony dealing in marijuana and Class D felony possession of marijuana, and holds the court erred in finding Mason both indigent and requiring him to pay a public defender fee. Remands with instructions to correct the sentencing order by vacating the marijuana possession conviction, and to clarify whether Mason is indigent or responsible for the public defender fee.