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Columbus man admits community control violation

A Columbus man’s community control was continued during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Charles T. Brantford, 27, admitted he violated the terms of his community control, and Kelbley continued his three years of community control, according to court records.

Brantford must enter and complete a treatment program at CROSSWAEH, they state.

He had entered written negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of carrying concealed weapons, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and was sentenced to three years of community control in 2017.

Tiffin woman pleads guilty

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

Tabetha M. Matthews, 34, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records.

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

Fostoria woman pleads guilty

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

Danashia A. Meekins, 25, entered written negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of disrupting public services and aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies, according to court records.

The cases were referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

Two people indicted

Several people were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Clarence D. Smith Jr., 48, of Fostoria, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony.

The grand jury specified the alleged offense was committed in the vicinity of a school, according to court records.

Krystal M. Gephart, 30, of Marion, was charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

Indictment dismissed

A Tiffin woman’s indictment was dismissed by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.

Lei Anna Stahl, 33, had been charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.

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

Mohawk board to meet Monday, then again Tuesday evening

The Mohawk Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Mohawk Community Center.

The board is to meet again at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the community center to discuss the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. The meeting is to be executive session only and no action is to be taken.

Old Fort board to meet Monday

Old Fort Local School’s Board of Education is to meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school library in Old Fort.

Officials: 68 pounds of Ohio medical marijuana sold so far

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio officials say 68 pounds of medical marijuana has been sold since a handful of dispensaries opened in the state in mid-January.

The (Toledo) Blade reported Commerce Department official Mark Hamlin said the cost for all that pot comes to around $500,000. That’s an average of $460 an ounce, more than half the price for an ounce of platinum, which was $814 Friday.

Around a half-dozen of the 56 dispensaries granted licenses have opened.

People with one of 21 qualifying conditions can buy medical marijuana with a physician’s recommendation. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said 17,000 people have received recommendations to buy medical pot.

Governor promotes veteran officer to lead highway patrol

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has promoted two veteran Ohio State Highway Patrol officers to superintendent and assistant superintendent and named a new director of the state’s lottery commission.

The new Republican governor announced his latest appointments Thursday.

He named Lt. Col. Richard Fambro, a 30-year patrol veteran, as superintendent effective March 16. Fambro is to replace Col. Paul Pride, who is retiring. Maj. Marla Gaskill is to succeed Fambro as assistant superintendent. Both advance a rank.

Also Thursday, DeWine named long-time Ohio Lottery Commission chairman Patrick McDonald, of Cleveland, as the agency’s director effective Feb. 23.

Federal indictment charges 6 in $48M Medicaid fraud

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say six people have been indicted in a $48 million Medicaid fraud scheme, including a man who was viewed as a local superhero for his car collection and daring feats for charity.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ryan Sheridan and five others were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit health care fraud related to drug and alcohol recovery centers in Mahoning County’s Austintown Township and Franklin County’s Whitehall.

Prosecutors say Sheridan is sole owner of Braking Point Recovery, which is accused of charging Medicaid millions for services that weren’t provided, weren’t medically necessary or lacked proper documentation.

The government is seeking $3 million in forfeited property, including Sheridan’s replicas of vehicles from the “Back to the Future,” ”Ghostbusters” and “Batman” films.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with Sheridan’s attorney.

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