Father, son offer guilty pleas

• Elliott joins son in copping to drug charges

William Eugene Elliott

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the father and son defendants in drug trafficking charges occurring at Shadyside Towing and Repair is heading to drug court.

William Eugene Elliott, 60, of 41 East 41st St., Shadyside, appeared Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra and pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted trafficking in drugs. Vavra said Elliott has been approved for the drug court program, and a successful completion will expunge his record.

Failure could result in a sentence of 24 months in prison.

The drug court is a program lasting a period of one to three years, depending on the individual’s ability to progress.

Elliott is the owner of Shadyside Towing and Repair. In March, Elliott was arrested along with his son, Brandon Elliott, 29, of 41 E. 49th St., Shadyside. The elder Elliot was charged with fifth-degree felonies that occurred Sept. 17, 2017.

Elliott’s defense attorney, Donald J. Tennant Jr., pointed out that addiction issues contributed to William Elliott’s crime.

“It was legally prescribed medications that he clearly was addicted to,” Tennant said.

Afterward, Belmont County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Lloyd said William Elliott had no prior felony convictions and no prior criminal history.

Brandon Elliott had pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony that occurred Aug. 17, 2017. He entered his plea in late June and was sentenced at that same hearing. He was given three years of community controls with a reserve sentence of 36 months if he violates those controls. He is in a yearlong residency program in West Virginia.

Meanwhile, Stacey McCabe-Heathcote, 50, of Bellaire, who was arrested around the same time as the Elliotts, is set to go to trial July 30. She is accused of two counts of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school, a felony that allegedly occurred Sept. 17, 2017. The crimes allegedly took place at the Orange and Black Carryout where she worked. The two businesses are close in proximity, but authorities do not believe they were working together.

Heathcote was the owner of the Shadyside Party Center, which was declared a public nuisance by Gov. John Kasich’s office for selling synthetic marijuana in 2013. This occurred after a large-scale raid of suspected businesses.

In other matters, Steven Clay Kyle Jr., 27, of 4205 Harrison St., Bellaire, was arraigned before Vavra and pleaded innocent to five counts of trafficking in drugs including cocaine and heroin. The charges are one second-degree felony, three third-degree felonies and one fourth-degree felony. His pre-trial was set for Aug. 6, with his plea agreement Aug. 20 and trial Sept. 11. His bond was set at $50,000.