A Greenfield woman sentenced to four years in prison on multiple trafficking charges was among four people sentenced recently in Highland County Common Pleas Court.
Hope Rowland, 25, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of aggravated trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony, which was ordered to be consecutive to another 24 months in prison for one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the ground of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony, alongside another count of a forfeiture specification. Rowland was given 41 days of jail-time credit.
Court records state that the Highland County Common Pleas Court ordered Rowland to forfeit $5,823, with $1,455.72 of it go to the Highland County Task Force, $3,275.44 to the Greenfield Police Department and $1,091.81 to the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to court documents for the first count, on or around March 28, 2023, Rowland and a co-conspirator prepared for shipment or distributed a fentanyl-related compound.
According to court documents for the second count, on or around March 31, 2023, Rowland conveyed onto the grounds of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office a fentanyl-related compound.
According to court documents for the third count, grand jurors found that on or around March 28, 2023, Rowland and her co-conspirator had in their possession $5,823 in U.S. currency and a 2017 Chevrolet Cruz that were subject to forfeiture due to their instrumentality in the commission or facilitation of the offense.
In other sentencings, David Williams, 29, Hillsboro, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a fourth-degree felony.
According to court documents, starting on Jan. 14, 2023, Williams, being a registered sex offender convicted in the Superior Court of Washington from Pierce County, failed to provide notice of any change in address within 20 days by written notice, “and was reckless in that regard,” having previously been convicted of attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes on May 3, 2019, with the defendant being a Tier I registered sex offender and having a duty to register annually and 20 days before an address change and within three days of an address change.
Kathryn Leeth, 47, Bainbridge, was sentenced to three years of community control for one count of aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony.
Court records stated that Leeth must successfully complete the TCC residential treatment program and aftercare.
According to court documents, on Jan. 9, 2023, a patrol officer arrested someone with an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by someone they were related to. While the patrol officer was talking to them, they were told that Leeth was at somebody’s garage, with the two saying that it’d “be nice” if Leeth was found and arrested. The patrol officer was told that Leeth had active warrants out for her arrest.
Later that day, the patrol officer got a summons noting that the original person arrested was released from the Waverly Police Department. The patrol officer got a call from that person’s relative about their release. They also said they were going to pick up Leeth before picking up the person who was arrested. They requested the patrol officer pull them over and arrest Leeth on her active warrants.
The patrol officer confirmed that she had active warrants. The patrol officer drove out in a marked cruiser and saw the relative pull over and pick up the original arrestee on Jefferson Street in Greenfield. The patrol officer turned around and caught up with the vehicle as it turned southbound on South Sixth Street.
The patrol officer radioed another patrol officer to respond for their help. As the patrol officer was walking toward the vehicle, they could hear yelling inside. The patrol officer recognized the female in the front passenger seat as Leeth. The patrol officer ordered Leeth to get out of the vehicle and initially she refused to.
The patrol officer removed her from the vehicle “as she was crying and yelling that she was not going back to jail.” The other patrol officer arrived at the scene and Leeth was placed her in handcuffs and advised her of her Miranda rights.
During a search of her person, the patrol officer found a small baggie that contained a powdery substance in her right pants pocket. She said that the substance was fentanyl. She was transported to the Greenfield Police Department and jailed. The powdery substance was submitted for testing and was found to contain fentanyl.
Robert Throckmorton, Jr., 33, Chillicothe, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of aggravated possession of meth.
Court record stated that Throckmorton must successfully comply with all recommended treatment at First Capital Recovery.
According to court documents, on or around Jan. 7, 2023, a patrol officer was on duty with an auxiliary officer. Earlier that day, the patrol officer contacted the Highland County Sheriff’s Office and got permission to patrol the area “just outside the village.” While they were driving south on Foraker Street, the patrol officer noticed a light turn onto Carford Pike from Foraker Street.
The patrol officer followed and observed two motorized bicycles traveling eastbound on Carford Pike. The motorized bicycles didn’t have brake lights, taillights or reflectors. They were only able to be seen because of small headlamps in front. The patrol officer activated the overhead lights and siren on their patrol vehicle to start a traffic stop and both bicycles then came to a stop on Carford Pike.
After approaching the bicycles, the patrol officer recognized both of the riders, with one of them being Throckmorton. The patrol officer knew both subjects were suspended drivers and ordered to both of them to put their bicycles down and step over to the cruiser. At that time, another patrol officer and sergeant also arrived on the scene.
The co-conspirator complied. However, Throckmorton asked to put his bicycle closer to the ditch, also saying that it would fall where it was currently parked. After he was given permission to put the bicycle closer to the ditch, Throckmorton “instead” started to walk toward a nearby alley.
The patrol officer stopped Throckmorton, brought him to the side of the cruiser, and asked if he had anything on his person. Throckmorton said he had a pipe in his coat pocket. The patrol officer found a glass pipe with burn marks and residue in his pocket. The patrol officer advised Throckmorton to put his hands behind his back. The patrol officer then saw that one of Throckmorton’s gloves was off and he was palming a plastic baggie that contained a white crystalline substance.
The officer ordered Throckmorton to drop the plastic baggie, with Throckmorton complying. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cruiser. The patrol officer mirandized Throckmorton and asked him what was inside the baggie.
Throckmorton said it held about a gram of meth. Dispatch was then contacted and advised to contact a tow. Throckmorton was transported to the Greenfield Police Department. The crystalline substance was submitted to BCI for analysis and found to contain meth.
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