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According to state law, “fines, penalties, and license money shall be appropriated exclusively to the use and support of the common schools ... .” An exception is fines for overloaded vehicles. Seventy-five percent of those funds go to state highways; 25 percent go to the county general fund where the fine or penalty is paid. Fifty percent of money forfeited or seized in enforcing drug laws goes to counties for drug enforcement. Vehicles seized in drug law cases may be used by law enforcement agencies or sold with the proceeds going to schools.

Criminal Sentences

Brian C. Lovitt, Jr., 32, Columbus, driving under suspension; $50 fine, court costs.

Michael Mueller, 23, Columbus, possession marijuana one ounce or less 1st; $300 fine, court costs.

Joel Cerros, 19, David City, possession marijuana one ounce or less 1st, $300 fine; violate stop or yield sign, $75 fine, court costs.

Meredith Allen, 25, Fort Worth, Texas, theft-shoplifting $501-1,499; jail 180 days with credit for 81 days, restitution, court costs.

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Douglas Alvarado-Joaquin, 18, Octavia, minor in possession under 19 1st; $125 fine, court costs.

Amy Andersen, 30, Columbus, theft-shoplifting $0-500 2nd; jail three days, restitution, court costs.

Fortuna Benazo, 19, Columbus, leave accident/fail furnish information 1st, $150 fine; careless driving, $100 fine, court costs.

Jorge Carvajal-Cabrera, 25, Columbus, third degree domestic assault; jail 120 days with credit for 7 days, court costs.

Amparo Gonzalez, 31, Columbus, failure to have insurance; jail 7 days, court costs.

Joselyn Vicente, 27, Columbus, driving under suspension; $75 fine, court costs.

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