COURT NEWS

LISBON — A Salem man was sentenced to the county jail after he was found to have violated his probation on domestic violence charges from 2015.

Dakota B. Santee, 24, New Garden Avenue, was sentenced to 30 days in jail by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam during a probation violation hearing this week.

Santee was accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the hair and dragging her across the floor and shoving her to the floor in August 2015. He pleaded guilty as charged and was sentenced to three years’ probation in January 2016 but was recently cited for violating probation.

In other court news, Michael D. Schaeffer, 36, Eighth Street, Beloit, was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500 by Judge Washam after pleading guilty to one count of theft, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal with the county prosecutor’s office. Schaeffer was accused of stealing a base plate for a Hemi air cleaner worth $3,800 from where he worked at Dale’s Cuda Shop, Buck Road, Knox Township, in June 2016.

Probation was continued by Washam for Kenneth G. Kleinkecht, 45, Lisbon Road, Leetonia, after he was found to have violated his probation on 2016 charges of failing to pay $66,065 in child support. The terms of his probation require Kleinkecht continue making regular child support payments.

Brian K. Gerren, 55, East Main Street, Salineville, was sentenced by Judge C. Ashley Pike to four years’ probation for breaking into the Assembly of God in Salineville on Aug. 17, 2017, and stealing money and items. The probation includes up to six months at the prison alternative facility in Wintersville.

Shaun M. Sloan, 37, Fourteenth Street, Wellsville was sentenced by Pike to four years’ probation after pleading guilty to selling and possessing cocaine in the county on Aug. 8, 2017.

Probation was continued for Brandon J. Zepernick, 25, Franklin Avenue, Salem, after he was found to have violated his probation, with up to six months to be spent at the prison alternate facility in Wintersville. Zepernick was originally sentenced by Washam to four years’ probation/treatment after pleading guilty to selling heroin in the county in 2013.

Tyjuan T. McQueen, 23, of Boardman, was sentenced by Washam to four years’ probation after pleading guilty as charged to being in possession of heroin when police raided an East Liverpool home in January 2016.

Morris E. Jones, 36, Mapletree Street, East Liverpool, was placed on probation, which includes up to six months at the prison alternate facility in Wintersville, after he was found to have failed to inform the sheriff’s office of a change in address. Jones is a registered sex offender after pleading guilty to misdemeanor sexual imposition in 2013. He received credit for 11 days spent in the county jail.

Glen L. McMillin Jr., 40, state Route 7, Rogers, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4 after pleading guilty to possessing a smoking device that contained cocaine residue. The crime occurred in June 2017.

Chandler M. Trosky, 34, Bacon Avenue, East Palestine, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1 after pleading guilty to trafficking in marijuana charges from December 2017. A second charge of drug possession was dismissed by the prosecutor’s office as part of the plea deal.

Steven P. McGrew, 33, Pine Lake Road, Beloit, was sentenced by Washam to 180 days in prison by Washam after previously pleading guilty to being in possession of meth on Oct. 17, 2017. He was granted mandatory credit for 106 days spent in the county jail on the charge. The sentence is to be served consecutively with the 11-month prison sentence received on drug possession charge from another case.

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