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New assignments and technology proving efficient for Allen County Prosecutor's Office

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The prosecutor’s office handles approximately 500 felony cases a year. The prosecutor’s office handles approximately 500 felony cases a year.
Cases used to be assigned to the first available prosecutor, but scheduling could become an issue or the case may not go all the way through. Cases used to be assigned to the first available prosecutor, but scheduling could become an issue or the case may not go all the way through.

Going paperless has done more than save some trees for the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. It’s allowed them to create a more efficient process.

Cases used to be assigned to the first available prosecutor, but scheduling could become an issue or the case may not go all the way through. With everything digital, prosecutors can now access their materials at any time and have specifically assigned courtrooms. In common pleas court, Anthony Miller and Kyle Thines are assigned to Judge David Cheney’s court. Destiny Caldwell and Kenneth Sturgill are assigned to cases heard in Judge Jeffrey Reed’s court.

"From what I’ve heard so far, they really like it because they know all the cases that are there, you don’t have to jump between courtrooms," Juergen Waldick said, Allen County Prosecutor. "They can kind of schedule their time because they know when trials are coming up, it’s their trial."

The switch comes at a convenient time. Former assistant prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser has become a magistrate as she prepares to take over for Judge Cheney next year. Also, Randall Basinger has joined the team. Basinger, Jana Emerick, and Waldick will handle all the appeals as well as review cases before they begin. Waldick will also do jury trials at times, present cases to the grand jury and do all the preliminary hearings.

"It’s the first look at the case," said Waldick. "It gives me the opportunity to see the witnesses, see the defense attorneys. Kind of evaluate the case to begin with before it even goes to grand jury. Sometimes we can dispose of cases there for one reason or another."

The prosecutor’s office handles approximately 500 felony cases a year. Each case on average lasts six to nine months. Judge Reed said the new system seems to be for the best.

"One prosecutor might be up here handling a pre-trial and they weren’t necessarily the prosecutor that might end up trying the case," Reed said. "With the prosecutors assigned to the specific courtroom, it just lends itself to a more efficient process of getting the case looked up, ready for trial if it needs to go to trial or getting it resolved."

This whole process has actually helped cut costs down for the prosecutor’s office.

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