SIDNEY – A drug-related felony conviction has led to an 11-month prison term for a Troy man recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
A former Sidney man convicted of bilking local senior citizens with the promise of home repairs now faces the backlash of probation violations.
William Kalisz, 36, Troy, was sentenced to 11 month with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was given 113 days credit for time already served.
He was arrested Dec. 21 in possession of Methamphetamine.
Gregory Scott Barlow II, 47, of Celina, formerly of 2365 Collins Drive, Apt. B, was jailed on a probation violation and posted a $7,500 bond on a single charge of theft, a fourth-degree felony. He was released Friday, April 12, when his bond was posted.
On Jan. 3, Barlow pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement he reached with prosecutors. The largest part of the agreement was full restitution being made in the amount of $8,900 to two families for home repairs he did not intend to conduct in August 2017.
On Feb. 28, he was sentenced to 30 days in the Shelby County Jail. He was ordered to report to the jail on March 14 and participate in the facility’s work release program. He also received five years of community control sanctions upon his release, ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, ordered to pay the restitution, and assessed court costs.
Online court records show probation officers allege Barlow violated his probation six days later by visiting Duckfoot’s Bar and Grill in Celina twice on March 20 during the time he was on work release from the jail. As of Friday, records also show that he still owes the entire restitution amount and another $550 in court costs.
On April 5, his attorney Jason Norwood of Dayton withdrew as legal counsel due to a “breakdown in communication” with his client.
Part of the original plea agreement calls for a maximum penalty for a probation violation is the imposition of a sentence of 18 months with the ODRC and a $5,000 fine.
Javonte E. Jones, 22, Canton, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, during his status conference. When sentenced he faces a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
He was also ordered to pay restitution for damages occurring at Walmart in Sidney on Feb. 18.
An attempt was made to detain Jones who fled the scene in a vehicle causing the damage. During a car chase, speed reached as high as 95 mph before being captured.
Jones will be sentenced May 13 and remains free on a $10,000 bond.
In other cases:
• Kayla M. Hammons, 27, 317 New St., was ordered to the county jail with a $5,000 bond due to a probation violation. She had been charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested on Oct. 22 with Methamphetamine.
The court ordered her to five years of community control pending on her successfully completing the MonDay program in Montgomery County. On March 19, she was unsuccessfully terminated from the program.
• Hayley O’Reilly, 19, Covington, was declared competent to stand trial following an evaluation. She then pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during the hearing. She had been arrested with Methamphetamine on June 5.
She faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced.
• Rachael Slife, 46, at large, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, during her final pretrial. A joint recommendation for community control was also entered.
When sentenced, Slife faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. She was found guilty of receiving a stolen Jeep Cherokee on Nov. 6.
• Kathryn E. Kealy-Conway, 40, 317 E. South St., was denied a motion to allow her to receive treatment in lieu of conviction on a charge of possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony. She was arrested on July 14 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in possession of marijuana.
She was placed on five years of community control, ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling and assessed court costs.
• Travis Teasley, 43, 420 Elm St., failed to appear in court for his sentencing on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. His bond was forfeited and an arrest warrant was issued.
He was arrested on Nov. 17 allegedly in possession of Methamphetamine.
• Barbara Jean Hopson, 38, Lima, was placed on five years of community control on a charge of aggravated passion of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was ordered to successfully complete the Vivitrol and Amelia House Recovery Home programs.
She was also fined $200 and assessed court costs. She was arrested on Oct. 15 in possession of Fentanyl.
WORTH program used
• Jesse L. Mason, 32, Lima, was placed on five years of community control on a charge of possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $35.
He must also successfully complete the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) program.
• Matthew I. McKenzie, 30, 403 Michigan St., was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge tampering with evidence, a fifth-degree felony. He was also ordered to complete the WORTH program.
He was guilty of ingesting Methamphetamine during a traffic stop on March 17 to avoid detection.
• Christy Wilkins, 43, 1915 Shawnee Drive, was placed on a $5,000 bond on charges of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and attempted aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. When sentenced, she faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $3,500 fine.
She was allegedly arrested June 18 in possession of Methamphetamine and heroin.
• Crystal N. Fields, 30, 710 Taft St., pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, both fourth and fifth-degree felonies, during a plea agreement reached at her final pretrial.
When sentenced, she faces a maximum of 30 months in prison and a $7,500 fine.
She was arrested for selling cocaine on May 7 and 10.
• Paul Adkins, 53, 224 Brooklyn Ave., pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during his status conference. He was arrested on Dec. 19 for selling Fentanyl.
He will be eligible for a recognizance bond once he receives his first shot of Vivitrol at the county jail.
He faces 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced.
• Ashley A. Thomas, 33, 610 E. Pike St., Jackson Center, pleaded guilty to two amended counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, during a recent hearing. She was arrested Oct. 2, 2017, while possession of Carfentanil and cocaine.
A joint recommendation of community control was included in the agreement. When sentenced she faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
• Geneva Russell, 38, New Haven, Indiana, pleaded guilty to a plea negotiated charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. She faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
She was arrested Feb. 16 with Methamphetamine.
• Kassia Alberts, 32, at large, was sentenced to five years of community control and must complete the WORTH program. She was found guilty of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
She was also assessed court costs.
• James M. Gunter, 26, Taft, California, pleaded guilty to amended charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs a first offense with high test results, both first-degree misdemeanors. He took a 2011 Ford Focus and did not return it.
He was sentenced to six days in jail on each count to be served concurrently, or at the same time.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.