Prison imposed in Common Pleas Court cases


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A city man will serve the next two years in prison for trying to take drugs into the Shelby County Jail in April. Another man received a 17-month sentence when a jury found him guilty of grand theft.

The cases were two of several cases recently heard in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Brian Wood, 35, 219 ½ E. Court St., was ordered to serve 24 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on a charge of illegal conveyance of a prohibited item onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony.

Wood was found guilty of trying to take fentanyl into the jail when he was arrested April 30.

He had been released on a $2,500 bond, which was revoked when he failed to appear for his sentencing in October.

In a recent jury trial, a local man was found guilty of one count and innocent of a related charge. He was handed a 17-month sentence with the ODRC when sentenced recently.

Randall Christopher Michael Leonard, 29, incarcerated, was found guilty of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. The jury also determined him innocent of one count of trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony.

He was on trial for taking an automobile and trespassing at 18100 Rickway Court when arrested on July 16. Online court records indicate Leonard entered the residence, stole a set of car keys, and drove away with a 2002 Honda Civic without permission of the owner.

Darnell L. Wilcher, 47, 224 W. South St., was ordered to serve 90 days in the county jail on a probation violation. He was originally found guilty of attempted grand theft auto, a fifth-degree felony.

On Feb. 15, 2015, he took a vehicle and did not return it.

Richard Reier II, 31, 2499 Fair Road, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, an unclassified misdemeanor, and, possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Reier was arrested June 29 in possession of cocaine. Records also noted Reier had four previous DUI convictions.

Dakota A. Kitchen, 20, at large, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on charges of attempted failure to comply with the signal or order of an officer, a fourth-degree felony, and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

She was also ordered to serve five years on community control, fined $200, assessed court costs, ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, and, had her driver’s license suspended for three years. She will participate in the jail’s work release program.

Kitchen was arrested on Aug. 11 after driving more than 100 miles per hour and operating her vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Judge James Stevenson issued an arrest warrant for Darrell E. Clark, 36, 5923 Hardin-Wapak Road, when he failed to appear for his sentencing on Dec. 4. He was found guilty on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies.

Clark was arrested Feb. 2 in possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

YMCA sting nabs thief

In other cases:

• Charles Mitchell Williams II, 26, at large, pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was found guilty of breaking into lockers at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA.

Williams had been suspected of entering lockers and taking items. When a surveillance operation was conducted, Williams was arrested on Sept. 7. He was found to have stolen a handgun and $150 cash from a truck in the parking lot.

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

• Zachery P. Smith, 24, 5880 state Route 29 Lot 47, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Feb. 16 supposedly in possession of methamphetamine.

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

• Jordan C. Jones, 44, at large, was ordered to the county jail on a $5,000 bond for a probation violation. He was found guilty attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

On Oct. 13, 2008, Jones borrowed a vehicle and did not return it. He violated probation on Aug. 15, 2009, when he was charged with theft and resisting arrest failing to contact his probation officer.

• Steven E. Lloyd, 36, Piqua, was placed on five years community control on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also fined $300, assessed courts costs, and ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling.

Lloyd was arrested on March 27 in possession of fentanyl.

• Travis D. Atkins, 38, 1201 Hilltop Ave. Apt. A, was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs.

He was arrested May 9 in possession of cocaine.

• Michael D. Ceyler, 34, 614 East St., was sentenced to five years community control on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs.

Ceyler was also ordered to the county jail until he could be transported to the West Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima.

He was arrested on July 17 in possession of heroin.

• Jessica L. Nafzger, 38, at large, was placed on five years of community control in two cases on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and, illegal conveyance of a prohibited item onto the grounds of a detention facility, a fourth-degree felony.

She was ordered to be confined at the county jail for transport to the WORTH Center.

Nafzger was arrested on Jan. 1 in possession of methamphetamine, and on March 20 for attempting to take drugs into the county jail.

• Robert M. Rife, 29, Springfield, Ohio, was sentenced to five years of community control on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and, operating a vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was also fined $375, assessed court costs, ordered to have license plates designating his OVI conviction, and had his driver’s license suspended for one year.

He was arrested July 5 and charged for possessing Oxycodone and for driving impaired.

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.