Opinions Jan. 29, 2020

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Indiana Court of Appeals
Raymond E. Cook, III v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Raymond Cook III’s aggregate seven-year sentence for conviction in Ripley Circuit Court of Level 5 felony dealing in methamphetamine and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance. Finds the sentence is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses and his character.

Wanda M. Self and Anthony L. Self v. The Estate of Ralph E. Collins (mem. dec.)
Civil plenary. Reverses the Orange Circuit Court’s ruling as to Anthony Self, affirming the trial court’s conclusion that his mother, Wanda Self, converted $35,000 that belonged to the late Ralph E. Collins. Finds the trial court did not clearly err in concluding that Wanda converted Collins’s property, but did clearly err regarding Anthony.

In the Matter of the Termination of Parental Rights of: B.B. and A.D., (Minor Children) and R.B., (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination. Affirms the Vanderburgh Superior Court’s termination of R.B.’s parental rights to two of her children. Finds the termination was not clearly erroneous. Finds sufficient evidence supports the termination.

Evan J. Schaffer v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Evan Schaffer’s 63½-year sentence for conviction of murder, Level 6 felony pointing a firearm, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license and Class B misdemeanor battery. Finds, among other things, that his sentence imposed in Lawrence Superior Court is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses or his character.

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