East Liverpool man gets 4 years in prison for drug possession

LISBON – Thomas C. Cowdery, 42, Warren Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to four years in the Lorain Correctional Facility for three counts possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification and one charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Cowdery had 11.5 grams of heroin, more than 9.8 grams of cocaine and several orange pills of buprenorphine in his room at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge on Jan. 15, 2013. He was also found to have a digital scale. A loaded Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was hidden under the mattress where he was sitting when authorities entered the room. Additionally, Cowdery had $1,430 and additional magazines for the gun.

Justin Mitchell Lamp, 35, Foundry Hill Road, Summitville, was sentenced to 16 months at the Lorain Correctional Facility for two counts of fourth-degree felony burglary. Lamp initially was approved for intervention in lieu of conviction for the two charges, but he violated the terms of the intervention. He then was placed on probation and violated the terms of that as well.

The charges claim Lamp trespassed in the home of former county commissioner John Wargo, Yellow Creek Church Road, Salineville, on July 19, 2010. On the same date he is accused of breaking into the home of Paul and Sandra Davis, Hull Road, Salineville, taking a blue duffel bag containing miscellaneous tools.

Dewayne A. McCullough, 27, Youngstown, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for charges of illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility and possession of drugs. Court documents state McCullough had 1.1 grams of marijuana, 0.1 grams of heroin and 5.0 grams of cocaine hidden inside a metal rail within a cell at the county jail.

William Van Dyke II, 49, state Route 45, Wellsville, was sentenced to four years probation for domestic violence with the first six months to be served at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center in Wintersville. Van Dyke was accused of getting into a argument with Shelda Keefer at the Rose Bud mining property off state Route 45 in Madison Township on May 18. During the dispute Van Dyke accelerated his vehicle while she was hanging off the side. She was dragged several feet and knocked unconscious.

Derrick A. Bruce, 26, South Seneca Avenue, Alliance, pleaded guilty to theft for taking miscellaneous television sets, an RCA home theater system, a Sanyo 50-inch LCD HD TV, an LED HD TV, a flame helmet and a can opener from the Walmart in Salem between April 5 and April 18. Sentencing is set for March 13. He faces up to a 12-month prison sentence and $2,500 fine.

Troy L. Adams, 29, Richardson Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to domestic violence for harming Josselyn Cowdery, a family or household member on Nov. 1. Adams has a previous domestic violence conviction in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Aug. 17, 2009. Sentencing is set for March 27. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.