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Salem man gets prison for violating control terms

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Michael A. Hamilton, 32, East Fourth Street, Salem, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control and was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 286 days already served for aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of harassment with bodily substance, all fifth-degree felonies. Hamilton’s charges stem from having methamphetamines on Dec. 8, 2019, and harassing corrections officers with bodily substances at the jail on March 14, 2020.

Jonathan P. Cunning, 30, Somer Street, Leetonia, pleaded guilty to abduction, a third-degree felony, and was immediately sentenced to a year in the county jail with credit for 243 days served and then placed on three years community control. On Dec. 23, Cunning restrained a woman from leaving a Columbia Street, Leetonia home for three days. That time is concurrent with nine months Cunning has sentenced to serve for possession of heroin and three counts of aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamines, heroin, acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl on Oct. 24, 2019.

Kerry Lynn Appel, 49, Fife Coal Road, Wellsville, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction. Appel pleaded guilty to OVI, aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. She was placed on a three-year intervention treatment plan, had her license suspended for a year, was fined $375 and given the choice of attending a three-day driver’s intervention program or serving three days in the county jail. On Jan. 16, Appel had a loaded handgun in the vehicle while she was under the influence of alcohol and had methamphetamines.

Thomas G. Reed Jr., 33, Ohio Avenue, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control. He was sentenced to a year in prison with credit for 134 days already served for the two fifth-degree felony charges of misuse of credit card and receiving stolen property. Starting on Sept. 21, 2018, and continuing through Sept. 24, 2018, Reed had used a debit card and two credit cards belonging to Tammy Ballerstein in one or more transactions.

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