Drug charge leads to a year in prison for Piqua man


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A Piqua man was sentenced to a year in prison for having 300 illicit drug tablets when he was arrested last year. Others were also handed incarceration orders during recent cases decided in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Leslie M. Simpson, 27, 309 Second St., Piqua, received a 12-month sentence with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. Judge James Stevenson also ordered the forfeiture of $259 in cash confiscated by officers during the May 8 arrest.

Online court records indicate he was arrested with 300 tablets of Hydrocodone.

Another 12-month sentence with the ODRC was given to Henry Cooper, 30, Toledo, on a charge of failing to provide a change of address, a fourth-degree felony.

Cooper was also ordered to pay restitution to Meyer’s Garage in the amount of $630.73.

In other cases:

• Rashaan Jones, 43, incarcerated, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on a count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also ordered to forfeit $994 in cash obtained during criminal activity. The charges are related to an arrest involving marijuana on April 24.

• Kyle Ellis, 23, 20729 Sidney-Plattsville Road, was sentenced to 11 months with the ODRC on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs.

He was arrested on Jan. 22 in possession of fentanyl.

• William R. Rains, 37, Wapakoneta, was sentenced to 30 days in jail when his probation was revoked after he tested positive for drugs, according to court records. He will be permitted to participate in the Shelby County Jail work release program.

Rains was originally convicted of possession of drugs and passion of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Shane W, Archie, 36, Rock Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced 122 days in the county jail on a charge of attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Archie was also ordered to pay $1,384 in restitution to Continental Express of Sidney for taking a semi-truck without permission. He was given 122 days of jail credit for a previous incarceration, if all fines and costs are paid within 60 days.

• Steven Jefcoat, 28, Sparta, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted unlawful handling of a firearm, a fifth-degree felony during his final pretrial. He was arrested on Sept. 22 with marijuana and a handgun. It was ordered the handgun will be destroyed.

He faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a fine of $2,500.

• Michael Schaefer, 29, Clinton Township, Michigan, was placed on 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, was fined $300 and assessed court costs.

The case stemmed from a Nov. 10 arrest involving heroin.

• Gunnar Francis, 23, 11234 Schenk Road, was ordered into counseling at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (WORTH) in Lima on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Oct. 1 in possession of Methamphetamine.

• Dustin Thomas, 32, 610 E. Pike St., Jackson Center, did not appear in court for a recent pretrial hearing. The bonding company has until May 11 to bring him to court.

• Bryon S. Downey, 54, Greenville, Ohio, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony during a status conference. He was arrested with cocaine on Dec. 21. He faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

• Michael S. Ritchie, 30, Tipp City, Ohio, did not appear for a pretrial hearing Monday on a charge of possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. His $2,500 bond was revoked, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

• Dale E. Alt Jr., 36, 1111 State Route 47, Russia, was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge of misused of a credit card, a fourth-degree felony. He was ordered to complete the counseling program at the WORTH Center, ordered to repay $180.13 in restitution and assessed court costs.

• Roger Young, 23, 319 ½ S. Wilkinson Ave., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Prosecutors agreed to recommend community control at the time of sentencing.

• Nichole Robinson, 34, Englewood, Ohio, entered into a plea agreement by entering a guilty plea to a charge aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony. She was arrested on Oct. 31, 2016, in possession of fentanyl.

She faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine when sentenced on May 22.

• Rodney Schloss, 828 Michigan St., agreed to a plea-bargained case when he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies. He was arrested Jan. 18 with fentanyl.

He faces a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine when sentenced on May 22.

• Sarah E. Frederick, 31, 327 Jefferson St., pleaded guilty to one count of attempted theft, a fifth-degree felony. She was charged in connection with the theft of Oxycodone tablets from Walmart in Sidney. She faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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.