Jury finds Sidney man guilty


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A city man with three previous drunken driving convictions within the past 10 years rolled the dice in taking a fourth violation before a jury in Shelby County Common Pleas Court last week. Other cases were also ruled upon by Judge James Stevenson.

Christopher Heath, 41, 1330 Dartmouth St., was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and operating a motor vehicle with a specified concentration of alcohol, both fourth-degree felonies.

Jurors ruled officers were correct in stopping Heath near 1515 N. Main Ave. determining him to have a blood alcohol content of 0.242 on Nov. 17.

According to online court records, Heath was also convicted of DUI in 2008, 2013 and 2016.

In other cases:

• Robbie J. Carr, 19, at large, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a third-degree felony, during a final pretrial hearing. Carr was charged into connection with a break-in at 411 S. Miami Ave. on Dec. 19.

He faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

• James Large, 31, no address available, entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted failure to provide a change of address, a fourth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was charged on March 14 for not providing an address as required due his previous conviction in Miami County.

When sentenced Large faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

• Matthew Overbey, 43, 318 S. Wilkinson Ave., was returned to the Shelby County Jail when his probation was revoked. Court records indicated Overbey lost his job, tested positive for drugs, and ran from a probation officer before being tasered.

He was previously convicted of complicity to having weapons while on disability. A fourth-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

• Daniel Ray Fitzpatrick, 21, 920 N. Main Ave., was sentenced to 75 days in jail for a probation violation. Records show he failed to attend and complete sex offender counseling.

He was originally charged with importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

• Dereck P. Gervais, 29, Lima, Ohio, was ordered to serve 30 days as part of the work release program at the county jail commencing April 16. His probation was revoked when he reportedly tested positive for drugs.

He was given probation for a conviction of burglary, a fourth-degree felony.

• Stephanie L. Fulks, 39, 4129 Children’s Home Road, was released on a $7,500 bond for a probation violation when she tested positive for drugs and failed to report to her probation officer.

Her earlier conviction was for three counts of theft, all fifth-degree felonies.

• Chadd Wayne Hutchinson, 32, 2788 Miami River Road, pleaded guilty to one count of assault, a first-degree felony. He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced.

• Darrell Hewitt, 40, 1599 St. Marys Ave., entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.