Judge orders counseling for Eichelberger


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A plan to provide psychological counseling resulted in a local woman being released from prison in recent case rulings in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Ashley N. Eichelberger, 33, incarcerated, was remanded to the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff from the Marysville Reformatory for Women during a judicial release hearing. She had served several months in prison on a conviction for grand theft, a fourth-degree felony.

On Dec. 1, 2015, Eichelberger was indicted on charges relating to the theft of $7,500 from the Lawyer’s Title Agency over a year. On Jan. 20, 2016, she was sentenced to 60 days in jail, ordered to pay restitution, fined $500, and assessed court costs, as part of her community control sanctions.

On Oct. 19, 2017, Eichelberger was found guilty to probation violations when she was found to have consumed alcohol and resisted arrest. The original sentence of 18 months in prison was re-imposed.

Last week, Judge James Stevenson ordered Eichelberger be transported to the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima for counseling.

Aaron M. Maurer, 37, 16388 Southland Road, Botkins, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and placed on five years of community control on a conviction of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony.

Maurer had pleaded guilty to the charge during a pretrial hearing in December. The case involved a sexual assault involving a 16-year-old girl.

The jail term will commence Feb. 16 and he will part of the work release program. Maurer was also ordered to undergo psycho-sexual assessment and counseling. He was also fined $500 and assessed court costs.

In other cases:

• Rikki Erion Nooks, 20, Dayton, was sentenced to five years community control and ordered to undergo counseling on a charge of attempted failure to comply with a police officer, a fourth-degree felony.

She was also ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and assessed court costs.

Nooks was the driver of a vehicle containing individuals accused of breaking into several Sidney telephone stores. She attempted to flee Sidney Police when being ordered to stop while driving up to 120 miles per hour.

• Robert Crawford, 22, 618 Fielding Road, was ordered to be taken into custody on a probation violation. He was placed on a $5,000 bond and ordered to successfully complete counseling at the WORTH Center.

He had been placed on community control sanctions on charges of attempted burglary and safecracking, both fourth-degree felonies. He was found guilty of breaking into a Fort Loramie residence on Dec. 22, 2016.

It was determined that Crawford had failed a drug test, lost his employment, and failed to appear at his probation appointments.

• Henry Cooper, 30, at large, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of failure to provide a change of address, a fourth-degree felony, during a status conference. No date has been set for his sentencing.

• Ronnie Carr, 53, and Lisa Feathers, 39, both of Elizabethton, Kentucky, were both remanded to the county sheriff and ordered to attend counseling at the WORTH Center due to a probation violation.

The pair were discovered with OxyContin on Oct. 19, 2015. Both were found guilty of possession of drugs, third-degree felonies, and placed on five years of probation. They failed to appear at a Dec. 19 hearing and arrest warrants were issued.

• Melody R. Brandts, 26, Celina, entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a recent hearing on treatment in lieu of conviction. She was arrested on June 22 in possession of heroin.

No sentencing date has been set.

• Lance C. Shewalter, 32, incarcerated, was ordered to the county jail on a probation violation on a robbery conviction, a third-degree felony. He attempted to rob employees at McDonald’s restaurant in Sidney on May 25.

Shewalter was found to have used drugs and alcohol, failed to report to the county jail for an in-house probation order, failed to complete counseling, and failed to attend meetings at the probation office as ordered.

His bond was set at $10,000.

• Kyle Ellis, 23, 20729 Sidney-Plattsville Road, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. He was arrested on Jan. 22 in possession of Fentanyl. No sentencing date has been set.

• Rashaan Jones, 43, at large, entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a pretrial hearing. His bond was set at $5,000. His sentencing date has not been scheduled.

• Michael J. Schaeffer, 29, Jacksonville, Florida, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Nov. 10 in possession of heroin. His sentencing has not been scheduled.

• Joseph Teasley, 40, 328 W. North St., did not appear for status conference. The bonding company has until March 23 to have him report to the court.

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.