Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 5, 2012

Gang of five so far avoids prison

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Two of five Appanoose County residents facing meth-related drug charges have had their court cases adjudicated. A third defendant was scheduled for trial Aug. 28 and the other two are scheduled to go to trial Oct. 2 in the Appanoose County courthouse.

According to a Centerville Police Department press release issued Nov. 17, 2011, Harry Karl Bardwell, Lisa Kay Schakel, Donald James Hoover, Jr. and Earl Edward Opperman, of Centerville and Billy Joe Shiltz, of Cincinnati, were arrested following search warrants executed Nov. 16, 2011 at 109 Lasalle St. in Cincinnati and 604 W. Van Buren St. in Centerville and accused of various illegal meth-related drug offenses.

Schakel, 49, is charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a C felony. She is scheduled to go to trial on those charges Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Appanoose County courthouse.

Bardwell, 50, is charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a C felony. He is scheduled to go to trial on those charges Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Appanoose County courthouse.

Shiltz, 47, was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

He has been charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a B felony.

Shiltz has a March 1999 class B felony meth drug conviction in Appanoose County where he was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

Opperman, 22, was originally charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a C felony for an offense that occurred Nov. 16, 2011.

Opperman entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to one count of possession of pseudoephredine, a D felony, and on Aug. 17, 2012 Judge Kirk A. Daily sentenced him to 180 days in a residential facility, five years in state prison, all suspended, five years probation with the Department of Correctional Services, fine and credit for any time served.

The original B and C felony charges were dismissed by the court on Aug. 21, 2012.

Opperman owes the state $1,367.50 for this case.

Opperman has an October 2008 conviction in Appanoose County for third degree attempted burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was originally charged with second degree burglary, a C felony. He owes the state $7,452.38 for this case.

Hoover Jr. was originally charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a C felony for an offense that occurred Nov. 16, 2011.

Hoover Jr. entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to one count of possession of pseudoephredine, a D felony, and on Aug. 3, 2012 Judge Daily sentenced him to 180 days in a residential facility, five years in state prison, all suspended, five years probation with the Department of Correctional Services, fine and credit for any time served.

He owes the state $1,307.50 for this case.

The original B and C felony charges were dismissed by the court on Aug. 21, 2012.

Hoover Jr. has several criminal convictions in Appanoose County:

• August 2010 conviction for domestic abuse assault, second offense, a serious misdemeanor. He owes the state $825.25 for that case.

• December 2003 conviction for second offense drunken driving, an aggravated misdemeanor.

• August 2010 conviction for third offense drunken driving, a D felony. He owes the state $5,608.75 for this case.