Sidney women sentenced to prison


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – Two women from Sidney were ordered to be incarcerated in state prison on drug-related charges recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court. Also, a Sidney man who stole a city ambulance and attempted to escape authorities will be housed at the local jail for his deed.

It was three of several cases ruled on recently by Judge James Stevenson.

Brittany Van Horn, 28, incarcerated, was sentenced to 18 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Marysville Reformatory for Women on a charge of attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. She was being held on a $10,000 bond due to various probation violations.

Van Horn was found guilty of concealing a syringe used by Jeremy Myers when he overdosed on drugs on Aug. 4, 2016.

Crystal D. Marlow, 42, 343 Wilson Ave., was sentenced to 12 months with the ODRC on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was being held on a $7,500 bond on numerous probation violations.

She was arrested on March 22 in possession of heroin.

The city man who absconded with Sidney Fire Department ambulance from Wilson Health on Jan. 28, 2017, was sentenced to 117 days in the Shelby County Jail due to his probation violations in the case that caused an injury accident and him fleeing the scene.

Christian Jayce Martin, 26, 222 E. Court St., originally pleaded guilty to charges of attempted grand theft auto and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies; and for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to the Sidney Police online report officers and medics were dispatched to Martin’s apartment on the report of a combative and confused male who was possibly under the influence of drugs.

Reportedly, while at Wilson Health, Martin stole the ambulance, headed westbound on Michigan Street driving recklessly. He turned north on Vandemark Road and struck a vehicle head on. Martin fled the scene on foot.

He entered a nearby SUV attempting to get the driver to take him from the scene. At that point, he was subdued and held by several citizens until police arrived.

In other cases:

• Michael Schaefer, 30, Clinton Township, Michigan, was placed on a $10,000 bond during a hearing to revoke his probation. He is being accused of tampering with items during a drug test on April 19.

Previously, he was sentenced to five years community control on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also ordered to complete drug and alcohol counseling, fined $300 and assessed court costs. The case stemmed from a Nov. 10 arrest involving heroin.

• Alfonso Macias, 21, 323 N. Lane St., Port Jefferson, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony. State prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges in other known offenses.

When sentenced, he faces a maximum of 18 Months in prison and a $5,000 fine. He is guilty of having marijuana and THC derivative when arrested Feb. 27.

• Jamie M. Wilburn, 26, 333 ½ Enterprise Ave., was placed on a $2,500 bond for a probation violation on a charge of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. When she is sentenced, she is will be facing a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

She removed herself from the counseling program at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center in Lima. She was also ordered to pay $125 in restitution.

She was found guilty of possessing a check of another person on Aug. 2.

• Matthew A. Turner, 36, 5996 Rangeline Road, Houston, was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He was also ordered to enroll in the program at the WORTH Center in Lima.

He was also ordered to pay a $200 fine, was assessed court costs and was told his .45 caliber handgun would be destroyed. Turner was arrested Dec. 1 in possession of the handgun.

• Brett Gillem, 22, 204 Linkensmith Ave., Anna, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. When sentenced, he faces 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Gillem was found guilty of stabbing a female with a screwdriver on Feb. 20.

• Arthur J. Bennett, 30, 220 E. Clay St., was placed on a $2,500 bond after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. When sentenced, he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

He was arrested June 29 with heroin.

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.