Woman, late to hearing again, sent to jail pending trial April 23

LISBON – A woman, who arrived late for her hearing in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, again using the excuse she had an issue getting a ride, will have a ride provided to her for her jury trial on April 23.

Judge C. Ashley Pike revoked the bond of Lisa Wright, 31, Boardman, and she will spend the next 11 days in the Columbiana County Jail.

On Friday, Wright was to appear for a status conference at 10 a.m. for her upcoming trial. She did not appear, and her defense attorney Ronald Yarwood headed back to his office in Austintown. However, Wright contacted a colleague of Yarwood, and then Yarwood himself, to say she was at court. Yarwood arrived back from the county line before she arrived.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones pointed out to Pike this was the fourth or fifth time Wright has either been late or not shown up at all. Jones noted she would hate for there to be a jury brought in and required to wait to see if Wright would appear.

Despite the inconvenience for her attorney, Yarwood still asked Pike not to revoke her bond, stating that despite the possibility her bond could be revoked, she had appeared. He offered another status conference could be set prior to the jury trial to make certain Wright would appear.

Pike explained to Wright how her actions have been inconveniencing her attorney and others at the court.

“He leaves. He comes back,” Pike said of Yarwood. “He’s a lawyer, not your babysitter. We just can’t run this place for your convenience. It’s happened too many times.”

Wright is charged with burglary for allegedly trespassing into the home of James Browne, East Clark Street, East Palestine, on Dec. 19, 2010. According to court documents, she is accused of breaking the glass in the front door of the home, forcing it open and stealing a jug containing about $200.

A plea deal has been offered, but Yarwood said Wright proclaims her innocence and has decided to reject it to proceed to a jury trial.