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Woman sent to prison for probation violation

December 18, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - An Ashtabula County woman was sentenced to prison for violating her probation, during action last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Maria L. Alston, 46, of Ashtabula, was sentenced to six months in prison for violating her probation after she was charged with cocaine possession, giving a false name to police and identity fraud, all following a traffic stop on state Route 11 in 2006.

Alston pleaded guilty and was granted probation but later found to have committed several probation violations, including telling her probation officer she could probably pass a drug test.

In other court action, Melinda R. Peterson, 21, North Beaver Street, Lisbon, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 21 after pleading guilty as charged to four counts of permitting drug abuse. According to court records, Peterson let her apartment be used as a place where someone could use drugs on four occasions in 2011.

Michael S. Karcher, 59, Fisher Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail after violating his probation/treatment program on a cocaine possession charge. Karcher admitted to his probation officer that he falsified his drug test by adding hot water to his urine sample.

Christopher J. Croxall, 20, Riffle Road, Rogers, was sentenced to three years probation/treatment after being found eligible for treatment in place of conviction on a theft charge. Croxall admitted stealing vicodin from Frank Milhoan in 2011.

Kayla A. Shasteen, 19, High Street, Kensington, violated her probation on an assault charge but will receive no further jail time. Shasteen, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a corrections officer at the county jail, violated her probation by moving without advising her probation officer and failing to register with her probation officer.



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