Columbiana man pleads guilty to assault, vandalism
LISBON — Ross A. Chaplow, 38, Metz Road, Columbiana, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of assault, one a fourth-degree felony and the other a misdemeanor; and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, along with the forfeiture specification. He faces up to two years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Dec. 18.
Chaplow was charged with assault for throwing a chunk of asphalt at Sgt. Detective Caleb Wycoff on Sept. 6. Wycoff had responded after Chaplow shoved Andy Entrikin and then began breaking the windows of Entrikin’s home after he went inside, damaging a door and using a power saw to damage Entrikin’s Dodge truck.
Chaplow was also apart of a 14-defendant, 35 count indictment in relation to a drug ring in the north part of Columbiana County in 2018, when he had methamphetamines in his possession and $50 in drug-related funds. Another drug-related charge was for having methamphetamines on Jan. 16, 2020.
Joshua C. Kersey, 38, Sixth Street, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of criminal damaging, domestic violence, obstructing official business, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia. Kersey used a crowbar to break into the Crews Road, Wellsville, home of Edward Zelasko on March 22, threatening Rachel Zelasko, breaking windows and a chair and demanding money from her.
Additionally, he obstructed in the ability of authorities to arrest him by fleeing, when he was found to have a syringe as well as other drug paraphernalia on March 25. Sentencing is set for Jan. 29, when he faces up to 13 years and two months incarceration, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $18,000.
Douglas G. Pridemore, 51, Moundsville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Pridemore attempted to hide the fact he had cocaine on Sept. 27, 2018. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30, when he faces up to four years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $12,500.
Jaquon Rozier, 24, Akron, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, for attempting to hide heroin from authorities on March 20, 2019. He faces up to four years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a fine of $12,500. Sentencing is set for Feb. 4.
Anthony P. Cook, also known as Tony, 56, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. He had broken into the Hissom Construction building on Webber Way, East Liverpool, on Dec. 7, 2019. Cook faces up to a year in prison and a fined of $2,500. Sentencing is set for Jan. 29.
Timothy R. Foster, 28, Yeager Road, Negley, was sentenced to 11 months in prison, fined $1,350 and had his license suspended for 10 years for OVI, a fourth-degree felony. Foster was impaired and driving in Wellsville, and tested .225 BAC with a breath test on July 28, 2019, which is nearly three-times the legal limit. He has three prior OVI convictions in the past 10 years.