Defendants in two separate cases were bound to Gage County District Court last week.
Janey E. Eaton, 48, faces one count of aiding and abetting burglary from a series of burglaries in the Cortland area during June 2012.
According to Gage County Court documents, convicted burglar Rodney Ritchie told investigators prior to his Oct. 1 sentencing that he had committed the crimes with Eaton and Michael C. Marples, 35, both of Cortland.
Ritchie said he was not seeking special treatment, but that he no longer wanted to take sole responsibility for the crimes. Judge Paul Korslund later sentenced him to 5-7 years in prison.
In a taped statement to investigators, Ritchie said that all three rode in Eaton’s vehicle to a storage shed at Frerking Storage south of Cortland in June 2012 where they broke into a unit and took several items.
The trio later allegedly burglarized a home under construction near Cortland.
Eaton was arrested in late October and charged with aiding and abetting burglary. She waived her preliminary hearing on Nov. 14 and was bound to district court for a Jan. 8, 2014 arraignment.
Bryon Forney, 30, was arrested on Oct. 15 in Beatrice following a raid on a home in the 1800 block of May Street.
During the raid, law enforcement learned that Forney, wanted for theft, had been at the house but had fled prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Officers collected information that pointed to Forney having gone to a home in the 800 block of South Sixth Street.
Police were given permission to search the home and they found Forney hiding in a bathroom closet. Officers deployed a taser to gain Forney’s compliance during the arrest, court documents state.
In Forney’s pockets, officers located two syringes, five pieces of aluminum foil rolled into balls, and a baggie with white residue. The foil and baggie tested positive for methamphetamine.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Forney waived a preliminary hearing and was bound to district court for a Dec. 18 arraignment.