Drugs, forgery and probation miscues lead to prison time for local pair


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – Two area men received prison time due to violations of their probation orders recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court. Two others, stopped along I-75 and found with drugs, face the potential of 18 months in prison after agreeing to plea negotiated case resolutions.

Other incarceration orders were handed down in other cases heard by Judge James Stevenson recently.

Jerad Palmer, 39, Sidney, was sentenced to 18 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on each count for a probation violation. He had been convicted of two counts of trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies. The sentences will be served consecutively.

He violated the community control orders when he was terminated without completing the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center program in Lima.

In August 2016, Palmer had sold drugs to undercover officers leading to his conviction.

Michael T. Stotler, 27, 7201 County Road 11, DeGraff, was sentenced to 12 months with the ODRC on a probation violation. He was previously convicted of forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

According to online court records, Stotler lost his employment, did not report to his probation officer, and admitted illegal drug use leading to the violation.

Originally, he was placed on five years probation, ordered to successfully completed drug and alcohol counseling, and was fined $400 and court costs. Last December, he was returned to jail when he admitted drug use to his probation officer.

He was charged in connection with the counterfeiting activity of Robert Barga of Sidney, currently incarcerated. Stotler was found with counterfeit bank notes during his Aug. 10 arrest.

Two men who claimed to be traveling to Atlanta southbound on Interstate 75 and found with a large cache of cash and drugs, took plea deals with county prosecutors.

Michael Joe Ross, 30, Arlington, Texas, and Edidiong Obong Udoeyop, 30, Detroit, Michigan, entered guilty pleas to amended charges of trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies. They were each originally charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

They were arrested on April 4 while transporting 750 illegal drug tablets. Included in the indictment was the forfeiture of a Jeep Cherokee used in the commission of a crime.

Also, Ross faces the forfeiture of $5,891 in cash as Udoeyop may forfeit $3,694 in cash believed to be gained from criminal activity when sentenced on Dec. 12.

They face a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Drugs at county jail leads to arrest

Jessica L. Nafzger, 38, 232 E. Poplar St., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of attempted illegal conveyance of a prohibited item into a detention facility, a fourth-degree felony.

She was discovered with Methamphetamine on March 20 at the county jail.

When sentenced on Dec. 4 she faces a maximum of 30 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. She remains incarcerated at the county jail.

In other cases:

• Richard Reier II, 30, 2499 Fair Road, pleaded guilty to amended charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence, an unclassified misdemeanor, and attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Reier was arrested June 29 in possession of cocaine. Records also note Reier has four previous DUI convictions. When sentenced, he faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $3,750 fine.

• William Carr II, 46, Fairborn, Ohio, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced.

He was arrested on May 16 with Methamphetamine.

• Hollie J. A. Kuch, 31, 17373 State Route 47 E, had her charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, dismissed without prejudice. Court costs were also dismissed.

• Kareem D. Williams, 30, Columbus, Ohio, had his case on charges of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, dismissed with prejudice. Court costs were also dismissed.

• Crystal L. Keaton, 40, 1001 Fourth Ave. Lot 1, was placed on five years community control on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. She was also ordered to participate in the MonDay program in Montgomery County, was fined $150 and assessed court costs.

• Brandy L. Austin, 47, New Paris, Ohio, was placed on five years of community control on one count of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was also ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, was fined $200 and assessed court costs.

She was arrested March 31 in possession of heroin.

• Buddy A. Miller, 37, Kenton, was placed on five years community control on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was ordered to participate in the WORTH Center program, fined $200 and assessed court costs.

He was arrested May 9 with heroin.

Community control ordered

• Bayle L. Pennycuff, 27, 13880 Sharp Road, was placed on five years community control on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was also ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, was fined $200 and assessed court costs.

She was arrested on March 25 in possession of methamphetamines.

• Adam Pitcock, 38, 818 Wapakoneta Ave., received five years of community control on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also ordered to attend the WORTH Center program.

He possessed Carfentanil when he was arrested on April 12.

• John A. Walker Jr., 29, 240 Pomeroy Ave., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of violation of a protection order, a third-degree felony, during his pretrial hearing. His $10,000 bond was continued.

He faces a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine when sentenced.

• Antoine Bogle, 40, Fairborn, Ohio, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, during a recent status conference. He faces 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine when sentenced.

He was arrested July 4 in possession of Methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.

• Khalil Ronell Daniel, 22, Dayton, had his community control sanctions continued in a probation revocation hearing. He is charged with failing to report to the probation department. He had been found guilty of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

• Megan C. Smith, 37, Piqua, was ordered to successfully complete the WORTH Center program as part of her probation revocation hearing Her community control sanctions were continued on three counts of theft of drugs, all fourth-degree felonies.

• Teddy Hale, 26, Bradford, Ohio, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor, during his status conference. He was arrested July 4 in possession of Oxycodone.

• Travis D. Atkins, 38, Covington, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested May 9 in possession of cocaine.

• Michael D. Ceyler, 34, 614 East Ave., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was found with heroin when arrested on July 17 at the Sidney Dairy Mart, 1206 Michigan St.

• Darrell E. Clark, 36, 5923 Hardin-Wapak Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was arrested on Feb. 2 with Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.

By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

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

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