Facing felonies, men waive hearing rights

Chandler Trosky enters the courtroom of Judge Mark Frost. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — Two men facing felony charges both waived their rights to a preliminary hearing in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Thursday.

Chandler M. Trosky, 33, Bacon Avenue, East Palestine, is accused of having at least 20 kilograms but less than 40 kilograms of marijuana in his home on Dec. 21. In pounds, the marijuana would amount to between 44 and 88 pounds.

Trosky is charged with a second-degree felony possession of marijuana charge. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the East Palestine Police Department executed a search warrant at Trosky’s home, finding the substance.

Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. said it is believed the drugs were transported here from a substantial distance, possibly somewhere on the west coast where Trosky has been known to reside. Trosky also has family in the East Palestine area, some of whom were in the courtroom on Thursday and that was where he was staying when the drugs were located.

Defense attorney Dominic Frank, filling in for Trosky’s attorney, said it was his understanding Trosky is from California, but has been staying in East Palestine with his family.

Trosky’s bond was lowered from $150,000 to $50,000 cash or surety as part of an agreement with Trosky to waive his right to the preliminary hearing. Humphrey indicated he still believes the amount is substantial enough to insure Trosky will appear for court hearings in the future.

In a separate matter, Isaac J. Wylie, 18, North Beaver Street, Lisbon, is charged with burglary for allegedly entering the Sherman Street home of Nicole Thompson and her son on Dec. 19 after stealing the key. After entering, Wylie allegedly stole multiple items from inside the home.

Judge Mark Frost agreed to reduce Wylie’s bond from $10,000 cash or surety to $10,000 personal recognizance. However, at the request of Humphrey, Frost ordered Wylie not to have any contact with Thompson or her family or to go near her home.

Both Wylie and Trosky were bound over to the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury for possible indictments on their respective charges as early as next month.