LISBON - A Salem man accused of breaking into the Family Health Care Center to obtain drugs in July 2012 has been sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to 10 months in prison. He is also charged with an additional, similar burglary of a dental office on June 2, 2013.
David A. Tedder, 49, last known address Rose Avenue, Salem, was supposed to have been sentenced for the 2012 breaking and entering in August. He pleaded guilty in June, but he failed to appear for the sentencing hearing. Instead, it is believed he broke into the dental office while out on bond.
His defense attorney, Kelly Linger, explained that when Tedder was released on bond, he learned he was no longer welcome at his former address. He ended up staying at a homeless shelter in Akron where he had no way to get back from for the hearing.
Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble talked at length about Tedder's previous convictions which began in 1995 in Arkansas, including charges of theft, several burglaries, possession of a controlled substance, forgery, child dependency/neglect, criminal impersonation, criminal damaging, carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing a police officer.
Gamble pointed out the 2013 burglary charge, which Tedder was just arraigned for on Thursday, is alleged to have happened while he was out on bond on the 2012 case. He reportedly broke into the Dental Health Group on East State Street in Salem and was found by police with blood on his clothing even before they were aware of the burglary.
Tedder told Judge Scott Washam he had taken an opportunity to apologize to the doctor at the county jail for disrupting his practice and any damage he may have caused during his break-in in 2012.