CHARLESTON -- An issue concerning evidence led to the dismissal of a methamphetamine possession charge against a woman, according to the case's prosecutor.

Mandy N. Eaton, 36, for whom court records list an address of 709 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, was accused of having the drug which police found following a traffic stop on Oct. 25.

A police officer stopped Eaton's vehicle in Mattoon because she was thought to be using a cellphone while driving in a school zone, according to Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf, who prosecuted the case.

However, no phone was found in the vehicle after the stop, which did result in the discovery of methamphetamine, Wolf said.

She said the apparent lack of an actual, legal reason for the traffic stop could have led a judge to decide the evidence wasn't obtained properly.

That led her to ask that the charge be dismissed, which Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien granted. Public Defender Anthony Ortega represented Eaton.

In other methamphetamine possession cases in court recently, O'Brien accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Timothy J. Cox, 35, whose address on record is 3871 W. State St., Charleston, to a charge of possession with intent to deliver.

Cox was reportedly found with methamphetamine intended for sale when police responded to a report of a domestic battery incident in which he was involved on Aug. 11, according to records in his case.

He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation with terms including an evaluation for substance abuse treatment. Cox was also ordered to pay about $2,200 in fines and court fees while jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if he follows requirements.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

  • Peggy L. Margenthaler, 38, for whom records list an address of 225 Adams St., Humboldt, to a charge alleging she had methamphetamine on March 20.

A paraphernalia possession charge accusing Margenthaler of also having a pipe for drug use was dismissed and she was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years.

Terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, about $1,600 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Melissa S. Sanders, 23, for whom records list an address of 510 N. 22nd St., Mattoon, to a charge alleging she had the drug on Sept. 25.

Sanders was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if there are no violations. Terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment, about $1,500 fines and fees, and stayed jail time.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Victoria G. Barnard, 22, whose address on record is 1111 Second St., Charleston, to a charge accusing her of having the drug on Aug. 23.

Terms of Barnard's 2 1/2-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $1,600 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. Wolf and Danley recommended the plea agreement.

  • Blake L. Malone, 22, for whom records show an address of 1321 Champaign Ave., Apt. 7, Mattoon, to a charge alleging he had the drug on Nov. 12.

Terms of Malone's two-year first offender probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $1,800 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. Wolf and Danley recommended the plea agreement.

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