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Salineville man pleads guilty in robbery

LISBON — Mervin Jones Jr., 54, Roses Run Road, Salineville, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to robbery, a third-degree felony. Sentencing is set for June 14, when he faces a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. On May 17, 2019, Jones while committing a theft attempted to harm or harmed Stephanie M. Ross.

Charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia against Jeffrey Bricker, 62, Cross Street, Columbiana, will no longer be pursued after Bricker’s death.

Jessica M. Rudish, 30, U.S. Route 30, Minerva, stipulated to probable cause she violated her community control, which has been now terminated. She was on community control for a prior conviction for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs for having chemicals and supplies for the manufacture of methamphetamines at a home where she was living on state Route 154, Lisbon, on Aug. 6, 2015.

Amber G. Jones, 42, Boardman Street, New Waterford, stipulated to probable cause she violated her community control, which was now dishonorably terminated. She had been on community control after she was convicted of possession of dangerous drugs and four counts of possession of drugs. On Dec. 27, 2014, Jones had been in possession of heroin, lorazepam and cocaine and then she had heroin and tramadol on Jan. 7, 2015.

Chad L. Gower, 50, East Sixth Street, Salem, stipulated to probable cause he violated his community control he was on for convictions of theft and falsification and his community control was continued. For six months in 2017, Gower had been stealing unemployment benefits.

Nicole R. Thompson, 44, Sherman Street, Lisbon, stipulated to probable cause she violated her intervention in lieu of conviction treatment plan for an aggravated possession of drugs conviction for having amphetamine on Dec. 12, 2017. The intervention plan was continued.

Melanie D. Paulin, 43, Richmond, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control and her community control was dishonorably terminated. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for nine of them already served for the five charges for which she was previously convicted — two counts of endangering children and three counts of possession of drugs. On March 16, 2016, Paulin had had heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in the presence of two children one 4 years old and the other an infant.

Robert H. Spaulding III, 30, Georgetown Road, Salem, stipulated to violating his community control, which was then dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to six months in prison with credit for 61 days already served. Spaulding had been on community control for an aggravated assault charge for kicking, punching and pistol whipping Gregory Gardner on Aug. 24, 2018.

Dontez L. Elam, 32, Cleveland, pleaded guilty to improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to six months in prison with credit for 126 days already served. The nine-millimeter hollow point semi-automatic pistol will be forfeited and destroyed. Elam had the gun in his vehicle during a traffic stop in St. Clair Township when he has been previously convicted of trafficking in drugs and felonious assault.

Darrin C. Saunders, also known as Derrin Saunders, 67, Canton, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and requested immediate sentencing. Saunders was placed on two years community control. On Nov. 25, 2019, Saunders had methamphetamines.

Akron man charged with possession

LISBON — Mark Devinney, 50, Akron, was served a secret indictment charging him with possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification for allegedly having heroin and $1,480 on Dec. 4, 2015. The indictment was issued by a grand jury in February 2016.

William D. Cunning, 43, Spruce Street, Columbiana, was served a secret indictment charging him with possession of drugs and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. On both Aug. 7 and May 14, Cunning allegedly had methamphetamines. Additionally, on May 14, he allegedly had buprenorphine. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in February.

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