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Cases heard in common pleas court

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Numerous cases were heard during Friday’s session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.

Martin Edgar Regoli, 55, 65201 Union St., Neffs, appeared on a status conference. He is accused of one count of manufacturing methamphetamines in the vicinity of a juvenile, a felony of the first degree occurring Jan. 17, 2014, and one count possession of drug ingredients, a felony of the second degree. He faces a maximum sentence of 19 years. Prosecution and defense updated on status of discovery. His plea agreement date is April 25. Trial is set for May 15.

Tyler Wayne Barker, 19, 55558 Merrits Road, Bellaire, admitted to violating his community controls by failing to make restitution payments close to $1,827, failing to notify his probation officer, and failure to complete substance abuse assessments and community service. He was sentenced to 30 months in the penitentiary, with credit for 20 months served.

He was originally convicted of burglary, a felony of the third degree occurring June 20, 2012. He was sentenced to 30 months, held, and served six months in jail, six months EOCC.

Joshua Edward Green, 33, 39142 Poland Road, Flushing, was sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, age 14, a felony of the third degree, and one count pandering obscenity involving a minor, a felony of the fourth degree, occurring Oct. 18, 2013. He was given five years of community control sanctions. He will serve six months jail with credit for 89 days served, and he will serve six months EOCC. He is classified as a Tier 2 sex offender/child victim register.

Jeremy Kent Bowen, 31, 3964 Beechbank Road, Whitehall, admitted to violating his probation by consuming heroin Sept. 17, 2012 and failing to notify his probation officer of changing his residence. He was sentenced to 12 months jail with credit for 270 days served.

He was originally convicted of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Nov. 19, 2009 and given five years of community controls.

Samuel Charles Johnson, 23, 104 Maple Avenue, Bethesda, pleaded guilty to two counts of knowingly selling heroin, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Aug. 27-28. Sentence was set for June 6. A pre-sentence investigation and EOCC evaluation were ordered.

Christopher Allen Rock, 23, incarcerated, admitted to violating his probation March 27 by possessing a syringe, possession of weapons, testing positive for drug use, and association with known drug users. He was sentenced to 17 months in the penitentiary, with credit for 10 months served.

He was originally convicted of burglary and possession of drugs, felonies occurring May 31, 2012. He had been sentenced to 18 months, deferred, and given five years of community controls.

Abby Jo Ruggiero, 21, 3820 Ohio Avenue, Shadyside, was sentenced after termination from drug court. She was originally charged with one count of theft, a felony of the fourth degree occurring June 16, 2011. She was given residential sanctions. She will serve up to 90 days in jail with credit for 57 days served. She will serve six months EOCC.

Paul Allen Tongret, Jr. 42, 70521 Maynard Road, St. Clairsville, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Dec. 25, 2013, with the specification of five prior conviction in the past 20 years. Sentencing was set for June 6. A pre-sentence investigation, a Crossroads and EOCC evaluation were ordered. He faces a maximum of 30 months.

Ronald Lane Yarchak, 46, incarcerated for driving under the influence while on community sanctions Nov. 12, 2013, saw the revocation of his sanctions. He admitted to the violation and asked for credit for time served on prior sentences. He was sentenced 30 months with credit for 16 months served. The remaining 14 months will run consecutive to his current 18-month sentence.

He had been originally sentenced to 30 months minus time served in Solovan’s court, including jail and EOCC. He had been originally convicted in 2010 of driving under the influence with the specification of five prior convictions within a 20-year period.

“This problem is not going to go away for you. You’re going to face it every day,” Solovan said, noting Yarchak’s sincere efforts to reform but pointing out the risks in his behavior. “You are a risk to society.”

Justin Matthew Stapp, 29, 124 Reservoir Road, St. Clairsville, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary, a felony of the fourth degree, one count domestic violence, a felony of the third degree, and one count criminal damaging, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Pre-trial was set for April 28, with plea agreement May 12 and trial May 22. For the second charge, pre-trial was set for May 23, with plea agreement April 25 and trial June 3.

Bond was set at $5,000.

A warrant was issued for James Leisley Lucas, 51555 Rehm Road, St. Clairsville.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com