Sheridan County Circuit Court was a busy place Thursday afternoon with all manner of cases going before Judge John Sampson. Among them, the case of Wes R. Pierce, age 22, who was charged with Cruelty to Animals for keeping dogs locked in a back bedroom in his home in Clearmont. Law enforcement officers found the animals underfed, a hole in the carpet where it appeared one or more of them had tried to dig through the floor to get out, and at least one dog could barely walk. The dogs were taken to the animal shelter.
Judge Sampson ordered Pierce to pay the Sheridan County Animal Shelter $700 in restitution beginning no later than February 15th; he will be on unsupervised probation for a period of 1 to 5 years; and he may maintain possession of two horses and two other dogs he now owns, but may not take ownership of any new animals while on probation.
And Shirley Weidt was sentenced to 90 days in the Sheridan County Jail for failure to remove abandoned vehicles from her property on US 14 west of Sheridan. She has been ordered on several occasions over many years to clean up her property, the most recent being this past October. Judge Sampson did allow her to be on a Work Release as approved by the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office; Weidt is to check in to the jail next Thursday, February 4th by 5 pm.
And it was learned yesterday that a new Preliminary Hearing date has been set for Shawn Osborne, age 28, for allegedly murdering 42-year-old Gerald Bloom on January 15th. The new date is Tuesday, February 16th at 3 pm in Sheridan County Circuit Court.