Doctor in court, gun thief sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato handed down sentences and reviewed several cases this week.

Dr. Rodney Lee Curtis II, 64, of 135 E. Lawn, St. Clairsville, will have his final review on Oct. 23 before his trial, set for Oct. 31. He is charged with three counts of trafficking in drugs, two of them fourth-degree felonies and one a fifth-degree felony. Curtis also faces two counts of possession of drugs, one a fifth-degree felony and the other a first-degree misdemeanor.

Charges stem from events that allegedly took place April 26. Curtis’s alleged illegal activities took place outside of the scope of his urology practice, and according to investigators there is no indication his practice facilitated the alleged crimes. However, because the alleged drug transactions occurred at his residence, the charges carry a forfeiture specification on the property.

According to the State Medical Board of Ohio, Curtis has no past disciplinary actions.

Curtis is free on a recognizance bond. He is currently working with two area hospitals.

Joseph Brian Henthorne, 37, incarcerated, was sentenced to 36 months for a burglary that occurred July 17. Fregiato said Henthorne broke into a home and stole a pistol, which has since been recovered. Fregiato also pointed out Henthorne had a prior felony conviction.

“This court believes this is one of the worst theft crimes that you can have. Breaking into a home, stealing a gun. I assess the maximum,” the judge said.

Logan Charles Blum, 18, of 43100 National Road, Belmont was sentenced to three years of community control sanctions for failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer on July 17. He will spend three months in jail and six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. A violation of his community control terms would mean a sentence of 36 months behind bars.

Fregiato cited Blum’s lack of a prior felony record in handing down the sentence. Blum apologized.

Lloyd George Douglas Jr., incarcerated, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile on Jan. 16, 2016. His plea agreement deadline was set for Nov. 6 and his trial Nov. 28.

Doris Stella Vergeldedios, 61, of 4 Elm St., Bridgeport was sentenced to three years of community controls for attempted possession of drugs on June 16. She will serve 30 days in jail and six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. A violation of the terms of her controls would mean a prison sentence of 18 months.

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