Area man sentenced to prison


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – An area man was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in stealing a car and using stolen debit cards to make purchases. The sentencing and other court actions were handed down the week of Feb. 6 in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Paul M. Smith, 46, at large, received a one-year sentence on each count each of grand theft auto, fourth-degree felony; theft, fifth-degree felony; and forgery, third-degree felony. The sentences are to be served consecutively with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC).

He will also be placed on three years of post-release control.

• Taidge Ritter, 26, incarcerated with the ODRC, received an additional eight months to her current sentence on three counts of trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies.

Ritter is currently housed at the Marysville Reformatory for Women in Marysville for attempted robbery.

• Judge James Stevenson issued arrest warrants for two men who failed to appear in court for their sentencing. Both are listed as at large.

Now being sought are Darryl Harris, 29, for failure to notify officials of his change of address; and Quentin Blandzinski, 30, on four counts of trafficking in drugs.

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.