Court news: Man ordered into treatment after arrest for not paying city taxes and possessing drugs


Two appear in court for sentencing Monday

By Ashley Bunton - abunton@aimmediamidwest.com



Two people who admitted to possessing illicit drugs were sentenced Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas:

— A 38-year-old Leesburg man who was arrested for not paying city taxes to Washington Court House and having drugs in his pockets was sentenced to two years of community control with the Fayette County Adult Probation Department and ordered to do a drug assessment at Fayette Recovery.

Joshua R. Whitt plead guilty in May to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Whitt was arrested by Washington Court House Police Department officers on a bench warrant for failed contempt to file and pay city income taxes.

Upon a search, Whitt had a small burnt pipe in his pocket, a bag of marijuana, a plastic bag with a white powder residue and a hypodermic needle. In another pocket Whitt had a pill container with five Phentermine Hydro-chloride pills and one-half pill of Oxycontin, according to reports.

Additional terms of Whitt’s sentencing include completing the treatment as determined by the assessment, including aftercare, perform 40 hours of community service, and pay $166 for the cost of prosecution.

— A 53-year-old Frankfort woman who admitted to snorting heroin in Dayton before speeding through Fayette County was ordered Monday to complete treatment.

Talena L. Wise was sentenced to two years of community control with the Fayette County Adult Probation Department and ordered to complete the Fayette Recovery Program, including aftercare.

Wise plead guilty in May to the fifth-degree felony possession of heroin charge.

Wise was stopped in a Ford Taurus by two patrolmen with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for speeding on State Route 41 in Perry Township last year. Wise initially told the patrolmen she and the male passenger in the car had just left Dayton after “visiting her Old man” and were on the way to visit her mother in Frankfort, according to reports.

The patrolmen advised Wise was being cited for speeding but noticed the front seat passenger “lean forward into the front passenger seat floor board approximately four separate times.” The Greenfield Police Department was summoned to bring K-9 “Chica” to the scene. Chica indicated a positive response on the front passenger door, reports said.

During a search, officers located four hypodermic needles, one plastic bag containing a white powder substance, 13 clear pill capsules containing a white residue, one cut straw with a white residue, and one metal spoon with residue. All evidence was collected and sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab via US mail for further analysis.

Wise told the officers that the needles belonged to her and were for heroin use, reports said. Wise said that before leaving Dayton she had snorted heroin and stated that she used heroin for her neck and severe daily back pain stemming from an accident several years ago, according to reports.

Additional terms of Wise’s sentencing include a one-year driver’s license suspension and an order to pay $368 for the cost of prosecution in the case.

http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/07/web1_IMG_6465.jpg
Two appear in court for sentencing Monday

By Ashley Bunton

abunton@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Ashley by calling her at (740) 313-0355 or by searching Twitter.com for @ashbunton

Reach Ashley by calling her at (740) 313-0355 or by searching Twitter.com for @ashbunton