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Woman Found Competent To Stand Trial In Wal Mart Crash
Wednesday Aug 01, 2018 2:06pm
Coldwater, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(photo courtesy of Branch Co. Sheriff's Department)

(COLDWATER) – A Branch County woman has been found competent to stand trial on multiple charges.

Branch County District Court personnel say a competency hearing was held for 37 year old Sarah Siler of Ovid Township last week, following a forensic examination.

Siler is facing charges of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon; terrorism; breaking and entering a building with intent and illegal parking.

It's alleged that on May 16, Siler broke into Rick's Party Store south of Coldwater and took several items. While the Branch County Sheriff's Department was investigating that incident, they were notified about an individual who may have been involved in the break in. The caller says the person had been at the Speedway Gas Station and then was seen driving east.

A few minutes later, a vehicle crashed through the entrance on the east side of the Wal Mart store and stopped near the pharmacy.

The only woman in the car was Siler, who was taken to Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries, and then placed in the mental health unit.

After being discharged, Siler was taken to the Branch County Jail. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Siler will have a probable cause hearing on September 6 and a preliminary examination on September 13.

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