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Niles man pleads guilty to drug counts

LISBON — In Common Pleas Court, Christopher A. Shiflett, 33, Niles, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; breaking and entering, fifth-degree felony; grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and three counts of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. He is facing up to 33 and a half years in prison, $57,500 in fines and a five-year license suspension. Sentencing is set for Nov. 1.

On April 29, 2020, Shiflett had methamphetamine. On March 27, 2020, Shiflett had a 1995 Honda EX ATV belonging to Theodore Cassinger. On April 18, 2020, Shiflett was found to have a Kubota tractor and a homemade utility trailer belonging to Burton Hartley, as well as a carry-on utility trailer belonging to Charles Houshour. On the same date, he was also found to have methamphetamines for sale exceeding five times the bulk amount and buprenorphine. On April 28, 2020, Shiflett broke into the county sheriff’s impound lot to tamper with evidence.

Jordan Thurmond, 30, Elmside Street, Alliance, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drug of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Thurmond faces up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 28. On Oct. 15, 2021, Thurmond had brought amphetamines and oxycodone into the county jail, where he worked as a corrections officer at the time.

Heather M. Reed, 37, Chester, W.Va., pleaded guilty to misuse of credit cards and receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and two years in prison if served consecutively. A sentencing hearing was set for Dec. 3. Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, 2019, Reed had a Home Savings Bank Visa debit card, a Visa credit card and a J.C. Penney credit card all belonging to Tammy J. Ballerstein, which she used at least once fraudulently.

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