Lisbon man pleads guilty to junk yard break-in

LISBON – A Lisbon-area man pleaded guilty to breaking into a local junk yard to steal scrap metal.

Dirk S. Weston, 51, of state Route 164, pleaded guilty to burglary, which was reduced from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony as part of a plea deal reached in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

The crime occurred on 10:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013, when Weston was found hiding in an attached garage at the scrap yard owned by Richard Chapman on state Route 45 in Madison Township.

Chapman called the sheriff’s office after hearing noises in the garage, and a deputy found Weston hiding in the garage. When asked what he was doing, Weston told the deputy he was “scrapping.”

Weston is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2.

In other court action, probation was continued for Craig P. Hart, 33, West Clark Street, East Palestine, after he was found to have violated his original probation on drug charges.

Hart was sentenced to drug treatment/probation for three years after pleading guilty to charges of selling marijuana and possessing hydrocodone in 2010. He was found to have violated four terms of his treatment/probation, including testing positive for cocaine.

Judge Scott Washam revoked his original terms of probation and resentenced Hart to three years’ normal probation.