February 14, 2013 | Volume 43, No. 6

Court Report

Michelle Stigen, 48, was sentenced Jan. 10 after pleading guilty to disobeying a lawful court order on Nov. 2, 2012. An officer saw Stigen in contact with an individual who had a protective order against her when he saw the person’s truck in her driveway. Stigen was sentenced to 20 hours of community service, $100 in fees, one year probation, and to write a letter of apology to police.

Gary Stigen, 57, was sentenced Jan. 10 after pleading guilty to disobeying a lawful court order on Nov. 2, 2012. An officer saw Stigen in contact with an individual who had a protective order against him when he saw Stigen’s truck in the person’s driveway. Stigen was sentenced to 20 hours of community service, $100 in fees, one year probation, and to write an apology to police.

Barry Ellsworth, 35, was sentenced Jan. 10 after pleading guilty to driving without a valid license on Sept. 29. Ellsworth was pulled over for running a stop sign at Union Street and Second Avenue and failing to use a turn signal to turn on to Young Road. Ellsworth was sentenced to 10 days in jail, $100 in fees and two years’ probation.

Gary Piper, 46, was sentenced Jan. 3 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and violating conditions of release. An officer pulled Piper over after observing his vehicle’s defective taillight and his swerving over the fog line. The officer also observed Piper enter the AML loading area past a “Do Not Enter” sign. Upon pulling Piper over, the officer conducted sobriety tests, which Piper failed. Piper was sentenced to $1,830 in fines, $125 in fees, 40 days in jail, 90 days’ license revocation, six months of an ignition interlock device and three years’ probation. Charges dismissed as part of the plea bargain included resisting arrest, driving under the influence, violating conditions of release, misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Piper was also sentenced Jan. 16 after pleading guilty to reckless driving and violating conditions of release on May 27. An officer pulled Piper over for a traffic stop and smelled alcohol on his breath. Piper failed numerous sobriety tests. Piper was sentenced to 15 days in jail, $150 in fees, 30 days’ license revocation and three years’ probation.