Drugs, assault result in jail time

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY – Illegal drugs and assault incidents led to jail time being ordered in several cases held recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Carl Crawford, 23, at large, was sentenced to 11 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during his status conference.

The plea agreement was reached with prosecutors in the case where he was arrested Sept. 3 in possession of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.

Michael W. Butts, 29, Piqua, was ordered to 180 days in the Shelby County Jail on a charge of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was found guilty of punching another person causing injury on Oct. 12, 2017.

The sentence is to be served concurrently with a case in Miami County.

Brittany Van Horn, 28, at large, received 10 days in the county jail during a hearing regarding a probation violation. She will participate in the jail’s work release program when she reports to the facility on Nov. 28.

She violated her probation when she was recently convicted over attempted assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Sidney Municipal Court.

She was originally convicted of attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. Judge James Stevenson ordered community control to continue and that Van Horn obtain anger and rage counseling.

The former Sidney man who shouted death threats and threatened bombing the building, made during an emotional outburst at the Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case.

Dwight Adrian McNeal, 43, Lima, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted aggravated menacing, a first-degree felony. When sentenced, he faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

He was originally charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony. Court records noted McNeal has three previous assault-related convictions in Shelby County courts since 2002 while living at various Sidney addresses.

According to Sidney Police, on Aug. 17 at 8:35 a.m., McNeal was meeting with a female caseworker when he became enraged making the threats. The encounter did not escalate physically, and the victim was not injured.

In other cases:

*Chayce Roberts, 23, 10956 Comanche Drive, was ordered to spend 15 days in the county jail for probation violations in two separate cases. He will participate in the work release program at the jail.

In one case, was convicted of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony being arrested on Dec. 11 with 16 bindles of Fentanyl and syringes.

In a second matter, Roberts was found guilty of aggravated drug possession, a fifth-degree felony, when he was found with drugs during a Nov. 24 traffic stop.

*Joshua R. Bell, 24, 405 Tamala Ave., Anna, was sentenced to 14 days in jail during a probation revocation hearing. He was also ordered to continue with community control sanctions once released.

He was arrested on Aug. 25, 2016, for failure to comply with the signal of a police officer, a fifth-degree felony.

*Lance Stout, 38, Wapakoneta, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, during his status conference. He was arrested on Aug. 9 in possession of Methamphetamine.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

*Gina A. Bailey, 48, 634 S. Miami Ave., was ordered to jail and placed on a $5,000 bond when her probation was revoked on a charge of felonious assault, a fourth-degree felony.

*Timothy M. Bush, 35, Kenton, was ordered to jail for 30 days for a probation violation. He had been convicted of theft, a fifth-degree felony, in taking money for roof work he did not intend to complete.

*Paul Treon, 24, Piqua, entered a guilty plea to attempted receiving stolen property, a first-degree felony. He faces a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

He was found in possession of a Club Cadet lawn mower owned by Quality Steel Fabricating.

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.