Indiana teen sentenced to prison

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News

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SIDNEY – An Indianapolis teenager was sentenced to four years in prison recently related to his part in the robbery of a Lima pharmacy and local arrest. Other jail terms were also handed down by Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judge James Stevenson last week.

Quintez Hawkins, 19, Indianapolis, Indiana, was ordered to spend four years with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on three felony counts. They included two years on a charge of possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; and 12 months each for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.

The sentences will be served simultaneously, but consecutively (after) prison time is served on convictions in Allen County.

On April 26, Hawkins along with Senneca Blaze Rivers, 18, and Treyvon E. Manning, 19, robbed a Walgreen’s pharmacy in Lima. According to published reports, Rivers leapt over a counter at a Walgreen’s store, and ordered a pharmacist to open a safe containing oxycodone at gunpoint.

According to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post, a female driver and the three defendants were involved in a vehicle crash at 6:40 a.m. on southbound Interstate 75 near mile marker 87 while returning to Indianapolis.

A large number of pills were found along with a loaded handgun hidden under the driver’s seat. The report notes that 2,512 pills of 24 varieties with a street value of $18,985 was confiscated. Authorities soon determined they were involved in the Lima robbery.

The co-defendants have received multiyear prison terms in Allen and Shelby counties for their involvement in the crime.

In another sentencing, Stevenson sent a Sidney husband and wife into incarceration for different lengths of time.

Milford Merle Browning Jr., 34, and, Deanna D. Browning, 42, 525 ½ S. Miami Ave., were returned to jail when their probation was revoked Thursday. On Feb. 22, court papers indicate they both tested positive for drugs and alcohol, violations of their probation.

The Brownings were on probation for their past convictions involving charges of trafficking in drugs.

On Thursday, Milford Browning received a one-year term with the ODRC on his original conviction of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Browning also faces charges for allegedly throwing a cinder block at the Sidney Taco Bell on Feb. 21. Records indicate that he, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, became enraged at employees at the Taco Bell restaurant, 1752 W. Michigan St. He began pacing outside the business holding a cinderblock and metal tripod. He allegedly threw the items down and entered the store pointing angrily at employees. He had been warned to leave to store several times before being arrested.

He was charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony, and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He was also ordered to remain 500 feet away from the business. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

His wife, Deanna Browning, received 180 days in the Shelby County Jail on her original conviction for petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. She also faces additional charges due to a recent driving infraction.

On Feb. 21, Mrs. Browning was found slumped over the steering wheel with the vehicle in the road at Dingman Street and Hill Avenue. When Sidney Police turned off the ignition, the truck rolled backwards striking a police cruiser.

Mrs. Browning was charged with driving under the influence, a second-degree misdemeanor, and failure to control. Her driver’s license was ordered suspended beginning March 26.

In other cases:

• Stacy Reynolds, 46, 558 Bon Air Drive, was ordered to serve one year with the ODRC for each count of possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, when her probation was revoked. The sentences will be served concurrently.

• Matthew D. Shoe, 34, 615 East Ave., received 12 months in prison on each of two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, when his probation was revoked. Court records noted a previous drug trafficking conviction when handing down the sentence. The sentences will be served concurrently.

• Brock Frasure, 42, 2805 Wapakoneta Ave., Lot 68, was ordered to spend 30 days in the county jail when his probation was terminated due to him testing positive for drug use. He will participate in the facility’s work release program and is to report on March 26.

He was originally convicted of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

• Aimee Chenoweth, 28, Huntington, Indiana, was ordered to the county jail for probation violations on a charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Her bond was set at $10,000.

• Chayce Roberts, 23, 16750 McClosky School Road, was sentenced in two cases on Tuesday. Stevenson ruled Roberts would be placed on five years of community control after he successfully completes counseling at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center in Lima.

Roberts was ordered to stay in the county jail until pending cases in Sidney Municipal Court and Miami County courts are resolved before attending counseling.

In one case, he had been 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.

He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs in each case.

• Bryan Sims, 50, 616 Lynn St., pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, through a plea negotiated agreement. He was found guilty of selling Methamphetamine to an undercover informant on Sept. 5. He faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

• Samantha K. Peterson, 23, at large, entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a recent status conference plea agreement. She was arrested on Jan. 22 with Methamphetamine. She faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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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.