Man gets 8 months in prison for Lease Drug store break-in

LISBON – A homeless man will call prison home for the next eight months for breaking into a Salem drug store in January.

Francis E. Shriver, 36, was sentenced last week to eight months in a state prison by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Scott Washam after Shriver previously pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools.

Shriver was found by police inside Lease Drug just before 2 a.m. Jan. 14 after the security alarm was activated when he broke a front window to get inside. He was found in possession of tools commonly associated with burglaries.

Shriver, whose last known address was Wintersville, told police he was homeless and claimed to have hitchhiked to Salem when he decided to break into Lease Drug. Police believe he planned to steal pills and then sell them.

He received mandatory credit off his sentence for 57 days spent in the county jail awaiting the outcome of the charges against him.

In other court news, Tary L. Gilbert, 36, of Canfield, was sentenced by Judge C. Ashley Pike to one year in prison for robbing the Home Savings & Loan branch in Glenmoor on Feb. 19. Gilbert pleaded guilty to walking into the lending institution and handing a note to the teller demanding money. Gilbert, who was not armed, was caught a short while later on state Route 11.

Joni L. McDole, 20, Pennsylvania Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to six months at the prison alternative facility in Lisbon after being found guilty of violating her probation from a 2011 robbery charge. She and accomplice beat and robbed Dustin Shramko while he was walking in East Liverpool.

Brandie L. Shasteen, 35, East Seventh Street, Salem, was sentenced to three years treatment/probation after found to be drug dependent and pleading guilty to two counts of theft and two counts of forgery. Shasteen was accused of stealing checks from Donna Shasteen in August 2012 and then forging her signature.