LISBON - An East Palestine man was sentenced to prison on multiple felony charges during action last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Shawn W. Rush, 24, of East North Avenue, was sentenced by Judge C. Ashley Pike to one year in prison for smuggling drugs into the county jail and three counts of theft.
Rush tried to smuggle the anxiety drug Alprazolam into the jail in March 2011. The 10 tablets were wrapped in tin foil and hidden in his undergarments. The theft charged involved the theft of a purse from Abbey Gorby in East Palestine the month before, and Rush used her stolen credit card several times.
In other court action, businessman Jerry L. Adams, 62, Tomahawk Drive, Negley, was found guilty of workers compensation fraud after pleading no contest to one count of the charge, while two other counts were dismissed. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 21.
Adams, who owns and operates Quaker Pool and Spa, was accused of failing to maintain workers compensation coverage from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2010, and from July 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010, and for all of 2011. He pleaded no contest to just the first six-month period. Court records indicated the state was defrauded of a combined $8,563 in payroll premiums and penalties.
Bryan Moffett, 30, Lusk Lock Road, Lisbon, was sentenced to 14 months in prison by Judge Pike for forcing his way into an East Palestine home in November 2011. Moffett kicked in the door of the home of Terry and Beau Manley with the intention of assaulting both of them.
Melissa S. Dalessio, 34, Stagecoach Road, East Liverpool, was sentenced by Judge Pike to nine months in prison after she was found to have violated probation granted her in 2011 on charges of theft, misusing a credit card, forging a prescription, receiving stolen property, and forgery. Dalessio had multiple probation violations, including admitting using cocaine. She received credit for 52 days spent in the county jail on the charges.
John J. Triner, 26, West Terrace Drive, Wellsville, was sentenced by Judge Pike to five years' probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,675 for stealing jewelry from Mary Cunningham in 2010. Triner pawned some of the jewelry at a local Cashland store. He received credit for 59 days already spent in the county jail on the charge.
Elaine J. Daley, 40, Jimtown Road, East Palestine, was sentenced by Judge Pike to up to six months in the prison alternative facility in Lisbon after found to have violated her probation on a 2005 charge of permitting drug abuse to occur in her home. She had six probation violations, but none deemed serious enough to warrant prison time.