Probation infractions lead to jail time


Plea changes made in local court

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A Port Jefferson woman continues to be entangled with the local court system through probation violations in two cases. Hers is one of several cases ruled on in Shelby County Common Pleas Court recently.

Megan R. Caskey, 28, 314 Wall St., Port Jefferson, remain incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail on a $7,500 bond on the two charges.

Caskey was originally found guilty of one count of forgery, a fifth-degree, when she was found forging the signature of another onto stolen checks. Placed on community control sanctions, probation authorities found she tested positive for alcohol and drug use. She was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail participating in the facility’s work release program.

She was also found guilty of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and placed on the same community control sanctions.

Judge James Stevenson held her final adjudicatory hearing incarcerating her for the infractions.

Tyler Mohr, 27, of Piqua, is facing a maximum prison sentence of 30 months on a charge of attempted illegal tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. He also faces up to $7,500 fine when sentenced.

Mohr withdrew his request for a hearing to suppress evidence. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors prior to the hearing. He pleaded guilty and a presentence investigation was ordered.

Mohr was found guilty of hiding a small package of heroin in the police cruiser during his arrest on July 12.

Stevenson revoked the bond of Ronnie Scholl, 39, 916 N. Miami Ave., when he failed to appear in court for a recent status conference. The judge gave the bonding company until Dec. 28 to produce Scholl in court.

Scholl is charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. Authorities believe he received and disposed of a motorcycle on July 19.

Benjamin Franklin Sizemore Jr., 56, Lima, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor, and, to one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He was arrested on Aug. 4 for drunken driving and having a loaded handgun. The report indicated Sizemore refused a breath test and had so in two previous cases. Court records state Sizemore has a previous drunken driving conviction in Lima Municipal Court.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 180 days in jail on each count and a total fine of $2,625.

Address change leads to charge

Isaiah Stephens, 28, at large, was found guilty in a trial heard by Stevenson of failure to provide a change of address, a fourth-degree felony. On May 31, he did not provide an address to authorities having been convicted of a sex-related case in Franklin County.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 2.

Brandon A. Corner, 30, 770 Foraker Ave., pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted illegal conveyance onto the grounds of a detention facility, a fourth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was found with cocaine at the county jail on July 8.

He faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. However, prosecutors agreed to recommend community control with no incarceration at sentencing.

In other cases:

• Robert M. Rife, 29, Springfield, Ohio, entered guilty pleas to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and, driving under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested on July 5 in possession of Hydrochloride.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine for the drug charge and 180 days in jail and a $1,075 fine for the drunk driving offense.

• Joe R. Stout, 49, Kokomo, Indiana, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

When sentenced, he faces maximums of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 for the drug charge, and 180 days in jail and a $1,075 fine for the driving offense.

• Claude Wagers, 38, Dayton, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Arrested June 28 with Oxycodone. He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Escape plan not viable

• Justin E. Wiggington, 31, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of escape, a fifth-degree felony, during his final pretrial. He fled detention while on the work release program at the county jail.

He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

• Alice Turner, 522 ½ E. Court St., entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested Aug. 14 in possession of Methamphetamine.

When sentenced, she faces a maximum of 12 month in jail and a$2,500 fine.

• Michael S. Ritchie, 40, Tipp City, pleaded guilty during a status conference to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested March 2, 2017, in possession of cocaine.

He faces 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

• James E. Ferguson Jr., 44, 511 S. Wilkinson Ave., entered a guilty plea to possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, during his status conference. He faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

He was arrested Aug. 13 in possession of Percocet belonging to another person.

Several people reached plea agreement solutions with prosecutors and each face a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

They include:

• Alexis Carnes, 18, Quincy, aggravated trespassing, a first-degree misdemeanor. On May 26, she drove four people to the scene of a burglary.

• Tommy Beaver, 44, Piqua, attempted passing bad checks, a first-degree misdemeanor. He wrote a check for $3,591.31 to Menards knowing it was not good.

• Jeremiah D. Wilson, 38, 806 S. Main Ave., attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested May 27 in possession of Methamphetamine.

• Nikia T. Baker, 33, Kenton, attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was arrested May 9 with heroin.

Plea changes made in local court

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.