Lisbon woman pleads guilty to possession

LISBON – A woman accused along with her husband of having more than 15 pounds of marijuana in their possession on Sept. 23, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to two counts of drug possession.

Missie M. Faloba, 33, Trinity Church Road, Lisbon, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 9 on both counts – one involving 7,023 grams of marijuana and the other involving heroin on Jan. 15 at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge.

A presentencing investigation was requested. In the meantime, Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart requested Faloba’s bail remain at $50,000, where it was set after Faloba failed to appear for a hearing in August.

Weikart said when deputies found Faloba and her husband, Richard Faloba, they were selling their belongings in an attempt to move elsewhere. Defense attorney Jennifer Gorby denied Faloba has anything of value to sell. She explained while the couple were incarcerated, their house was broken into and many of their items taken. Faloba also reportedly told Gorby the neighbors were taking her mail and she believed that to be the reason she missed her August court appearance.

Judge Scott Washam said he would issue a written decision on the issue of reducing her bond.

Richard Faloba is also facing a possession of drugs charge and has a jury trial scheduled on the charge in November.

Dale C. Milnes, 50, Park Court, Columbiana, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. Milnes is accused of taking a AT&T Universal Platinum Mastercard belonging to Michaela Nicotera from March 16-18, 2005 and using it to purchase items needed for a home improvement project from several locations throughout the area including Kmart, Walmart, Lowe’s, Toys R Us, Splash and Shine Auto and Target. Sentencing was set for Jan 17.

Christy A. Harpold, 34, Ogden Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility. Harpold concealed a smoking device containing cocaine on her person when she was booked at the county jail on Dec. 4, 2012. Sentencing was set for Jan. 17.