Salem woman pleads guilty in meth lab case

LISBON — Lori A. Whitman, 40, North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to attempted manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs. She faces up to nine years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18. On May 22, 2016, Whitman had 78.67 grams of methamphetamines and the materials to manufacture more of it at a North Ellsworth Avenue home in the vicinity of a child.

Megan L. House, 23, state Route 45, Lisbon, was placed on three years community control for an obstructing official business. Defense attorney Paul Conn called it a “bad evening out” where House was intoxicated and compounded the problem by becoming angry. Court records indicate House kicked, scratched, grabbed and attempted to bite jail staff who were attempting to place her into a holding cell on Aug. 28, 2018. She had been taken into custody by deputies after she allegedly hit her relative’s van and yelled and screamed continuously after being told to calm down. She told Judge Megan Bickerton she deeply regretted her actions that night and has been going to counseling and maintaining employment. An assault charge against her was dismissed.

Vicky L. McConnell, 61, Westfield Road, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to domestic violence for harming Larry McConnell on Nov. 4, 2018, when she has previous domestic violence convictions. She was placed on four years community control. McConnell also stipulated to violating her community control from her previous domestic violence conviction in Common Pleas Court from 2015. Her community control from that case was then terminated.


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