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LISBON – Natalie M. Hawkey, 32, New Manchester, W.Va., pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to seven counts of receiving stolen property and six counts of forgery. Hawkey was granted intervention in lieu of convic-tion and placed on a four-year plan. She had faced 13 years in prison and a $32,500 fine.

Hawkey in 2014 forged five checks stolen from Joanne and Michael Anderson on July 8, July 9, July 12, July 13 and July 15, as well as another check stolen from Linda Freeman on July 11. Additionally, she had a diamond ring belonging to Margie Shafer on July 16.

Cody W. Harmon, 26, South Main Street, Columbiana, had his probation revoked after stipulating to violating his probation. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison for charges of misuse of a credit card, trafficking in drugs and two counts of theft. Harmon was granted credit for 317 days and 137 days served in the two cases.

On April 15, 2012, Harmon used Donna Sorrell’s debit card to make several unauthorized Western Union transfers totaling $1,212, attempted to make several additional transfers totaling $1,807 and made an unauthorized purchase of a cell phone for $37. Then on Nov. 14, 2012, Harmon had a jar containing less than 200 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. He also took prescription drugs from the vehicle of Anthony Altomare on Oct. 16, 2012.

David J. Jackson, 49, North Market, East Palestine, pleaded guilty to theft and faces up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine; sentencing March 26. Jackson was charged with breaking and entering for going into an apartment on Green Lane, East Liverpool, which belongs to Roy Larkins with the intent to commit a theft on Feb. 9, 2014.

David W. Pugh, 69, Michigan Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was placed on a two-year intervention in lieu of conviction plan.

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LISBON – Wiley M. Bates, 31, state Route 45, Lisbon, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to two counts of possession of drugs for having heroin and cocaine on Sept. 29, 2013. He faces up to two years in prison, a 10-year license suspension and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for March 27.

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LISBON – Natalie M. Hawkey, 32, New Manchester, W.Va., pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to seven counts of receiving stolen property and six counts of forgery. Hawkey was granted intervention in lieu of convic-tion and placed on a four-year plan. She had faced 13 years in prison and a $32,500 fine.

Hawkey in 2014 forged five checks stolen from Joanne and Michael Anderson on July 8, July 9, July 12, July 13 and July 15, as well as another check stolen from Linda Freeman on July 11. Additionally, she had a diamond ring belonging to Margie Shafer on July 16.

Cody W. Harmon, 26, South Main Street, Columbiana, had his probation revoked after stipulating to violating his probation. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison for charges of misuse of a credit card, trafficking in drugs and two counts of theft. Harmon was granted credit for 317 days and 137 days served in the two cases.

On April 15, 2012, Harmon used Donna Sorrell’s debit card to make several unauthorized Western Union transfers totaling $1,212, attempted to make several additional transfers totaling $1,807 and made an unauthorized purchase of a cell phone for $37. Then on Nov. 14, 2012, Harmon had a jar containing less than 200 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. He also took prescription drugs from the vehicle of Anthony Altomare on Oct. 16, 2012.

David J. Jackson, 49, North Market, East Palestine, pleaded guilty to theft and faces up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine; sentencing March 26. Jackson was charged with breaking and entering for going into an apartment on Green Lane, East Liverpool, which belongs to Roy Larkins with the intent to commit a theft on Feb. 9, 2014.

David W. Pugh, 69, Michigan Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was placed on a two-year intervention in lieu of conviction plan.

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LISBON – Paula McFarland, 36, Teegarden Road, Salem, pleaded guilty to theft in Common Pleas Court. On Jan. 21, 2014, McFarland con-cealed or removed DVDs, video games, pillows and a tote box valued at $1,650 from the Salem Walmart. She faces up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. Sentencing was set March 16.

Sharon I. Morrison, 61, Cleveland Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to theft and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction. She was placed on a one-year pro-gram. Morrison was receiving overpayments of $13,112 in unemployment compensation benefits from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services between March 24 and Dec. 28, 2013, while under-reporting other income.

Brianne L. Trump, 23, Alice Street, East Palestine, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control for convictions of breaking and entering and theft. Her probation was continued for another 12 months and she was ordered to attend the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center for up to six months. In February 2011 Trump was involved in a break in at the Vittle Village in New Waterford and the theft of a dirt bike belonging to Ralph Moore Jr.

David W. Pugh, 69, Michigan Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was placed on a two-year intervention in lieu of conviction plan.

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LISBON – James J. Conrad, 37, Montrose Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to complicity to aggravated assault. Sentencing is set for March 26. Conrad had been charged with felonious assault for serious harm caused to Calvin Washington on April 19, 2014. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Ted S. Bennett, 47, Southeast Boulevard, Salem, pleaded guilty to OVI , a fourth-degree felony with a repeat OVI offender specification. Bennett faces up to 30 months in prison, a $10,500 fine, counseling and a lifetime license suspension. Sentencing is set for March 13.

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LISBON – Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam placed a Pennsylvania man on three years probation for aggravated assault Thursday.

Carl L. Ours, 43, Midland, was granted probation on the suggestion of Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble.

Ours’ attorney, James Hartford, agreed with the suggestion, noting Ours has been taking care of his two young sons while working as a maintenance man for several rental properties owned by his fiancee.

“He understands he is wrong,” Hartford said on his behalf shortly before Washam made the decision.

Aggravated assault is a fourth degree-felony. Ours had originally been charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for attacking Cary Barnes with a knife on Oct. 18, 2013.

Ours pleaded guilty to felonious assault in November.

At the close of the brief hearing Washam cautioned Ours that should he violate his probation he faces up to 18 months in prison.

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LISBON – William McMillan, 21, Silliman Street, New Waterford, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to 13 months for receiving stolen property and breaking and entering. He was granted credit for 220 days served.

The charges stemmed from McMillan entering the New Waterford Volunteer Fire Department on Nov. 29, 2012. Additionally, the same night, he and two others – Jason Cope and Alex Cook – reportedly took a vehicle stolen from Shane Ryhal, removed the parts from it, drove it to a wooded area near Millrock and Peace Valley roads and set it on fire.

Initially, McMillan was granted intervention for the two crimes, but was found to violate the terms of his program, leading to the 13-month prison sentence.

The sentence is also concurrent with a prison sentence McMillan was given in a Jefferson County case, where he was convicted of escape and sentenced to nine months in prison.

Craig A. Apinis, 35, Edgewood Drive, Salem, stipulated to violating his probation for a previous carrying a concealed weapons charge. The charge dealt with a Jennings .22 caliber semi-automatic long rifle he had on Dec. 15, 2009.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison to be served concurrently with his prison sentence in a more recent possession of cocaine charge for which he was sentenced to eight months in prison. He was credited with 29 days served.

Sheena R. Rhodes, 29, Columbia Drive, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 11 months in the Marysville Correctional Institution for trafficking in drugs after she was found in violation of her probation.

Rhodes offered to sell 10 doses of heroin on March 1, 2010. She was credited with 276 days already served.

Teresa M. Sauerwein, 53, last known address South Main Street, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to misuse of credit cards.

She faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sentencing was set for March 19.

Sauerwein was charged for allegedly accessing the checking account of 78-year-old Willis Barnhart using his ATM card on three occasions and withdrawing a total of $600.

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LISBON – Denise L. Brownfield, 50, Carbon Hill Road, East Palestine, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to a felony charge of OVI. Sentencing is set for March 16, when she faces up to five years in prison, a $10,500 fine, a class two lifetime operator’s license suspension, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program participation and forfeiture of her vehicle.

Mary E. Kiehl, 30, Park Avenue, East Palestine, was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to successfully complete outpatient drug treatment for two counts of possession of drugs.

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LISBON – Sheena R. Rhodes, 29, Moore Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to possession of drugs for having heroin on May 4, 2012. Sentencing is set for March 16.

Allison F. Grossen, 28, Kelly Park Drive, Leetonia, was found in violation of her probation and was ordered to serve up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center. In Nov. 7, 2013, she had pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for having a plastic wrapper containing heroin in a cigarette pack on May 16, 2013.

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LISBON – In Common Pleas Court, Randolph V.L. Moore Jr., 21, Youngstown, was sentenced to two and a half years and fined $7,500 for four counts of possession of drugs. Moore had in excess of 10 grams but less than 50 grams of heroin on April 7, as well as, clonazepam, hydrocodone and less than five grams of cocaine. A tampering with evidence charge will be dismissed.

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LISBON – Christopher S. Neiswonger, 43, West Pershing Street, Salem, was sentenced in Common Pleas Court to five years in prison for meth manufacturing crimes. Neis-wonger had pleaded guilty in November to charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacturing of drugs and possession of drugs. He was credited with 462 days already served.

Neiswonger was accused of manufacturing meth in his apartment in October 2013. The lab was discovered when police went to the apartment to investigate a domestic.

Nicole R. O’Donnell, 24, Norwalk, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for heroin on April 10, 2013. She faces up to a year in prison, a $2,500 fine and a five-year license suspension.

Keith M. House, 28, North Street, Lisbon, stipulated to violating his probation. He was sentenced to nine months for complicity to theft, which he had pleaded guilty to on Nov. 7, 2011. With the assistance of Michael P. Jackson, House stole money from Solomon’s by providing blank weight slips to Jackson, who turned them in for about $6,000, including $596 on Oct. 25.

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LISBON – Dakota J. Mahon, 21, West Clark Street, East Palestine, was found in violation of his community control for a previous receiving stolen property conviction in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Mahon will be held in the county jail until space is available for him to spend up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center.

On Nov. 8, 2013, Mahon had a men’s gold wedding band, a men’s diamond ring and a men’s rope style gold necklace belonging to Richard Whitley and valued at $4,009, which he then sold to National Cash Advance for $393.

Zachary N. Greathouse, 21, Edgewood Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor amended from a fourth-degree felony. Greathouse was driving a 2001 Ford Sport Trac truck belonging to Ulrick Estimot on March 24, 2012, when he was stopped by East Liverpool police and fled on foot. He was credited with seven days served in jail and placed on three years probation.

Kurtis A. Materna, 34, Aetna Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was placed on three years probation. Materna had on Aug. 17, 2013 used the debit card belonging to someone else to make purchases at Speedway and Circle K in Salem for a total of $43 before the card was deactivated.

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LISBON – A motion filed by on behalf of Clifford A. Lake, asking to be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea from 2012, was denied by Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike. Lake is currently incarcerated at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution.

On June 27, 2012 Lake pleaded guilty to four charges – aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and two counts of trafficking in drugs.

Lake reportedly sold crack cocaine and cocaine to a confidential informant on Sept. 26, 2011 and Oct. 3, 2011. Then on Oct. 22, 2011, Lake reportedly entered Circle K on East State Street in Salem, brandishing a knife and threatening a clerk while stealing $93 from the cash register. His burned clothes and shoes were found on a back road near Salem.

He is currently serving an eight and a half year sentence for the charges.

Amanda L. Bragg, 35, Vine Street, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for permitting drug abuse and four counts of possession of drugs. Bragg had a spoon with heroin residue in the living room, .1 gram of cocaine in the bathroom, a spoon with cocaine residue in the bedroom and 88 oxycodone tablets she was carrying on Nov. 25, 2013. Additionally, she was the owner of a home on Vine Street in East Liverpool where she was allowing trafficking to occur. Bragg also had less than five grams of cocaine in a pinch-off baggie in the back seat of a vehicle searched on Oct. 13, 2013.

Linda Weyand, 47, Chaffin Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for having cocaine on Sept. 5, 2013. Sentencing is set for March 2, when she faces up to a year in prison, a $2,500 fine and a five year license suspension.