LISBON - Two women accused of lying to police had hearings in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Thursday.
First, the woman accused by sheriff's deputies of making up an entire abduction story asked Judge Carol Robb for a court-appointed attorney and pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.
Jean A. Hill, 41, Commerce Street, Salineville, had two rows of people sitting with her when she appeared on the falsification charge. She is accused of leading sheriff's investigators to believe she had been abducted, beaten and robbed, before being taken to Mahoning County and left in the back of her pickup truck under the cover, according to court documents.
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Jean Hill appeared in court.
She went to Salem Community Hospital for treatment and even appeared on television newscasts wearing a neck brace. However, Sheriff Ray Stone reported this week that Hill admitted she lied about the abduction.
An Aug. 4 pretrial was set for Hill, who refused to sign a waiver of time limitations on the case.
Lisa Beihoff, the woman who accused a highway patrol trooper of offering to let her go without a ticket if she flashed him her chest, also faces a falsification charge. She was scheduled to appear for a motion hearing Thursday morning, but was represented by only one of the three attorneys she hired to handle her case.
Beihoff, 34, of Boardman, has hired Ronald Yarwood and James Gentile as well as Yarwood's associate, Edward Czopur, to represent her. Two of the attorneys, Yarwood and Gentile, had filed a motion with Judge Mark Frost asking for a continuance of the case, which was scheduled to go to trial on Wednesday, July 20.
Frost heard arguments Thursday both for and against the continuance. Yarwood contended Gentile has a scheduling conflict with two other hearings that day. Yarwood also has potential conflicts representing another person with a pretrial for a federal murder charge that day.
Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. asked whether a pretrial for the federal case should take the right of way from a court trial ready to proceed. Humphrey also pointed out the accused is only entitled to effective legal counsel and if she wants all the lawyers of her choosing to be there, she should waive her right to a speedy trial.
"She can't have it all," he said.
Yarwood offered the time between the last hearing and this one would be on the defense legal team and not count toward her days for a speedy trial.
Frost also noted one of the other attorneys appeared at an earlier hearing arguing the case should be dismissed because time had run out. Beihoff was charged first allegation of officer misconduct, which was dismissed in April, but quickly the falsification charge was filed. Frost said he had concerns about one of Beihoff's attorneys arguing too much time had passed and another asking for a continuance, while Beihoff continues to ask for a speedy trial.
Frost offered he would reset the court trial with a date to be determined on Monday, after Humphrey would be able to contact prospective witnesses to learn when they could appear and the three attorneys on the defense team would better know their schedule.