Col. City man appears in court for drug charges

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to multiple drug-dealing charges in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Charlie S. Ryan, 21, has two charges of dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance, and two charges of possession.He pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing and will be represented by Brad Voelz at his next court appearance, Dec. 30. The two drug-dealing charges are Class B felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration. The possession charges are Class D felonies, which have a three-year maximum sentence.According to case reports, Ryan met a confidential informant for the Whitley County Drug Task Force at the Quality Inn, Columbia City.The buyer was set up to meet Ryan near the pool area. After a phone call, Ryan and the buyer went to Room 211, where $80 was allegedly exchanged for 28 alprazolam pills. The second alleged buy occurred July 3. Ryan sold 16 Adderal pills for $20.Ryan had the informant pick up a prescription for him at Walmart. Ryan is also facing a charge in Whitley County Superior Court of battery. He pleaded not guilty Monday, Dec. 2. Court documents indicate Ryan allegedly battered a child under 14 years of age.Heather R. Burns, 27, was in court Monday facing a probation violation charge.Burns is accused of failing a drug test Nov. 1. Those on probation are not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol.Judge James Heuer reappointed Brad Voelz as Burns’ attorney for the proceedings and ordered her to return to court Dec. 16.Burns was originally sentenced in 2012 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and intimidation.She was set to serve time behind bars until the fall of 2013, but had the remainder of her sentence suspended by Heuer April 8.To read the rest of this story, see the Dec. 6 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.