Briefly, Dec. 7

Deputy found guilty

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputy originally accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was found guilty of a lesser offense in Sandusky County Court District No. 1 Thursday.

Richard Best, 46, of Republic, had been charged with OVI and failure to use turn signal, according to court records.

A court spokeswoman said he pleaded no contest to charges of operation in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property and failure to use turn signal. Best was ordered to pay a $250 fine for one charge and a $125 fine for the other, she said.

Best also must complete a three-day driver intervention program.

— By Jill Gosche, online editor

Man sentenced to prison

A man was sentenced to prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Lacey A. McBeth, 48, waived indictment and proceeded with a bill of information charging him with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, in another case.

Kelbley sentenced him to about one year and six months in prison.

In 2013, McBeth had pleaded guilty to charges of having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony; attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony; and trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

Man sentenced to nine months prison

A man was sentenced to prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Roy C. Griffith, 31, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony, court records state.

Shuff sentenced him to nine months in prison, with credit for 48 days served.

Man sentenced to community control

A Fostoria man was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Andre L. Holmes, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

Shuff ordered him to serve three years of community control, court records state.

Holmes must complete a substance abuse rehabilitation assessment and treatment program and undergo twice-monthly drug and/or alcohol urinalysis as directed by Adult Parole Authority.

Man admits community control violation

A Fostoria man admitted he violated the terms of his community control.

Austin Clayton-Gilbert Jones, 21, admitted the violation during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom, court records state.

Shuff ordered his community control unsuccessfully terminated.

Jones had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2016 and was granted judicial release in 2018, court records state.

Green Springs resident pleads guilty

A Green Springs resident pleaded guilty to two charges during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Jesse H. Murr, 35, entered written negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, court records state.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation.

Woman pleads guilty

A Tiffin woman pleaded guilty to a drug charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Julia M. Cap, 27, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

Woman pleads guilty to lesser offense

A Tiffin woman pleaded guilty to a charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Shelly Gibson, 49, had been charged with theft, a fourth-degree felony.

She entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a lesser-included offense of attempted grand theft, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

Case dismissed

The case of a Bloomville woman was dismissed by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.

Alyison P. Biddle, 25, had been charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.

Shuff granted Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office’s motion to dismiss the indictment, court records state.

Tiffin school board meeting set, others canceled

Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee has set a meeting for 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Administration Building, according to a release.

Another release states the board’s support services committee meeting today has been canceled. The board’s finance committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday also has been canceled, a release states.

No December TRIAD meeting

There is not to be a TRIAD meeting in December.

According to a release, TRIAD wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to seeing everyone in January.

If anybody has questions or wish to have a specific topic covered, contact Officer Adam Nelson of Fostoria Police Department at (419) 435-8573.

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