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LISBON – A Wellsville man pleaded guilty to OVI during action in Columbiana County Pleas Court.

Jimmy Kellogg, 72, of Main Street, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 18 after pleading guilty as charged to OVI, while a secondary OVI offense was dismissed.

Kellogg was cited for drunk driving following a traffic stop on Teegarden Road in September 2011. The charge was a felony because this was his sixth such offense in the past 20 years.

In other court action, Judge C. Ashley Pike dismissed a probation violation motion filed against a West Virginia woman who was on probation for drug possession.

Valerie A. Gilmer, 36, of Newell, was sentenced in February to five years probation/treatment after pleading guilty to the charge. Charges were filed after she was found with crack pipe containing cocaine following a traffic stop in East Liverpool 2012.

According to court records, Gilmer tested positive for benodiazepines, marijuana and cocaine when tested by the probation department a month after being sentenced. At her probation revocation hearing, defense attorney James Hartford noted his client had a prescription for benzodiazepines and denied having either marijuana or cocaine in her system at that time.

Part way during the testimony of a probation officer, Hartford made a motion to dismiss the alleged violation due to insufficient evidence, and Pike granted his request. The judge then ordered Gilmer to be tested immediately.

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LISBON – Dakota J. Mahon, 20, West Clark Street, East Palestine, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to receiving stolen property for pawning for $393, a men’s gold wedding band, a men’s ring with diamonds and a men’s gold necklace. The items were valued at $4,009 total, and were pawned at National Cash Advance in East Palestine on the morning of Nov. 8, 2013. He faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 15.

Jeffrey L. Reynolds, 47, last known address Cleveland Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony OVI. He faces up to 30 months in prison, a $10,500 fine, a lifetime license suspension, a vehicle forfeiture and an alcohol/drug addiction program. Sentencing is set for Aug. 11.

John Prager Jr., 47, New Cumberland, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. Prager had cocaine in a blue container on May 4, 2013, which he tried to throw in an attempt to keep police for discovering and seizing it. He faces up to four years in prison, a five year license suspension and a $12,500 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 11.

Brianne L. Trump, 22, North State Street, New Waterford, stipulated to violating her probation and was sentenced to 64 days in the county jail, but credited with 59 days already served and will continue her three years of probation, which will conclude on April 16, 2015. In April 2012, Trump had pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft. The first charge was for serving as a look out while others were breaking into the Vittle Village in New Waterford in February 2011. Trump along with Nathan Zavatsky and Timothy Boggs Jr. then took a cash box, a set of keys, rolls of coins, cartons of cigarettes and boxes of Trident gum. Both men were also convicted of breaking and entering and theft charges.

The second charge involved a stolen 2004 Suzuki dirt bike belonging to Ralph Moore Jr. on Feb. 3, 2011.

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LISBON – Robert P. Chan, 57, Ogden Street, East Liverpool, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday to 10 months in prison for four counts of possession of drugs. Additionally he had his license suspended for one year and was ordered to make $440 in restitution to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force. Chan was found with heroin and morphine on August 15, 2013 and cocaine on two occasions.

Loraine A. Speicher, 39, Mineral Ridge, pleaded guilty to burglary. Speicher and Joshua Bable were both charged with breaking into the state Route 558 home of Jacob Wright. Wright reportedly surprised Speicher and Bable inside his home on Nov. 19, while they were attempting to remove a television from the wall. Bable ran from the home, but drove by several times yelling for Speicher to get into the car. Wright held her there until deputies arrived. Sentencing was set for Aug. 11. She faces up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Bable has also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge.

Samantha L. Crawford, 27, Sophia Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of drugs and a tampering with evidence charge. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $32,000 and a 25-year license suspension. Crawford had heroin, cocaine, buprenorphine and hydrocodone in her possession on March 22, 2013 and attempted to conceal the drugs when she knew police were investigating.

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LISBON – A Negley man is facing up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to burglary.

Joshua L. Bable, 33, Front Street, Negley, pleaded guilty to burglary. He also could be facing a $15,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

Bable and co-defendant Loraine Speicher on Nov. 19, 2013 reportedly trespassed into the home of Jacob Wright, state Route 558, Columbiana, with the intent to steal several personal items including a TV, guitar, a camera and a Bowie knife. Speicher is scheduled for a jury trial today.

Zachary Shingler, 28, Dewey Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempted burglary and three counts of burglary. Shingler was credited with 165 days served.

In December 2013 Shingler reported was involved in the burglaries of the homes of Victoria Mitchell, Park Boulevard, East Liverpool; Robin Bundy, McKinnon Avenue, East Liverpool and Theresa Landis, Park Boulevard, East Liverpool; and the cutting of a screen door on the home of Doris Sanford, Park Boulevard, East Liverpool. Items taken from the homes included jewelry, a shotgun, a pellet gun and a revolver.

Dana Thornton, 49, Johnson Place, Wellsville, was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty in April to four counts of non-support of dependents.

Scott J. Foutts, 46, Samuel Street, East Liverpool, was sentenced to eight months in prison for two counts possession of drugs. Foutts had cocaine on Jan. 5, 2013 and Oct. 4, 2013.

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LISBON – Dymond D. Ortello, 28, Youngstown, was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to three years in prison, but credited with 109 days already served. Ortello had pleaded guilty in March to tampering with evidence and two counts of possession of drugs for 10 grams of heroin and 1.2 grams of cocaine, each with a forfeiture specification for digital scales and $338 on Oct. 27, 2011.

Kevin G. Theodore, 30, Youngstown, was sentenced to nine month in prison for trafficking in cocaine. The time was ordered to be served consecutive to additional time he is serving in a case from Mahoning County court.

Donald A. Huff, 34, Plymouth Place, Salem, pleaded guilty this week to possession of drugs for cocaine on June 8, 2010. He faces up to 12 months in prison, a five year license suspension and a $2,500 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 11.

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LISBON – Joseph L. Covington, 36, Mesa, Ariz., pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons while under a disability, and discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises with a firearm specification.

East Liverpool police were reportedly called on Nov. 4, 2013 after Covington reportedly shot at a vehicle, with two men inside, who reportedly returned fire. While investigating the matter, Covington was reportedly found with a .38-caliber gun hidden in his waistband.

Covington faces up to seven and a half years in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence for the firearms specification. Additionally he could be fined up to $30,000. Sentencing is set for July 28.

In another matter, Judge Scott Washam overruled a motion to suppress the evidence found in Mecit Bicer’s apartment while Alexander Brauning was there on Jan. 20.

Brauning, 27, of Dover, is charged with felonious assault following an alleged shooting incident in the area of the Night Court in Lisbon. Washam ruled the defendant had no legitimate expectation of privacy while in the apartment and therefore the warrantless search was legal. Lisbon police reportedly found Brauning passed out on the floor in the apartment of his boss, Bicer. A .45-caliber handgun was found under a chair.

One of two men accused of taking cables from Columbiana, Jonathon Cook, 26, South West Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to the theft. He had taken a power cable belonging to the city of Columbiana on Oct. 7, 2013. He faces up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. Sentencing is set July 28.

Gene B. Wright, 30, New Cumberland, W.Va., was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but credited with 18 days already served. Wright previously pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for heroin and illegal conveyance of a drug of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility for having it in the St. Clair Township police station holding cell on Jan. 19, 2013.

Steven W. Duvall, 57, Weirton, W.Va., was sentenced to three years probation for theft for taking a diamond ring belonging to Beverly Moore on April 15, 2005. Duvall had pleaded guilty to theft in 2006 and then a bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear for sentencing in April 2006.

Mykel L. Crooms, 27, last known address Clarks Mill Road, Hammondsville, was sentenced to three years probation including an indefinite term at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for trespassing into a habitation for kicking open the door and going into the home of Michael Collins, McKinnon Avenue, East Liverpool, on Aug. 3, 2013.

Randy J. Scott, 32, North Liberty Street, East Palestine, was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to a possession of drugs charge for cocaine on Sept. 7, 2013. He was placed on a three-year intervention plan.

Jerry L. Dunham, 40, Collidge Street, Newell, W.Va., was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to a possession of drugs charge for cocaine on Aug. 13, 2013. He was placed on a three-year intervention plan.

LISBON – In Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, Garrett L. LeMasters, 21, of Weirton, W.Va., pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs for heroin and oxycodone on Dec. 7, 2012. He faces up to two years in prison, a 10 year license suspension and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 5.