Woman gets 90 days on violation

Man who fled police pleads guilty, gets suspended sentences

By Sarah Allen - [email protected]





A Peebles woman appearing Wednesday on a bench warrant in Hillsboro Municipal Court was found guilty of a probation violation and sentenced to 90 days in jail.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Heather Penwell, 37, entered an agreement earlier this year and pled guilty to first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). A minor misdemeanor was dismissed.

At that time, 87 days of a 90-day jail sentence were suspended. Penwell was to be given credit for her time in a three-day driver intervention program. Her license was suspended for six months. Penwell was fined $500.

Defense attorney Lee Koogler said at the time that Penwell had an OVI charge reduced in Pike County last year, but that the state agreed to treat her most recent charge as a first offense. Koogler also told the court that Penwell was undergoing treatment.

On Wednesday, she was found guilty of a probation violation and 90 days in jail were imposed. Her sentence began on Monday.

Records added that Penwell may be furloughed to inpatient treatment. She must return to court in December.

In other cases, Timothy Brown II, 33, Hillsboro, appeared for an arraignment and pled guilty to his charges.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Brown was taken into custody after the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious male at a local laundry mat.

When the officers attempted to arrest Brown for disorderly conduct, he fled, and was later “corner(ed) … at the Ole Depot, with the help of a civilian,” according to an affidavit.

Brown allegedly began to fight and “several other civilians came to assist, and (Brown was) … subdued,” as stated in the affidavit.

Two hypodermic needles were later found on his person, the affidavit added.

On Wednesday, Brown pled guilty to resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instruments, both second-degree misdemeanors.

Ninety-day jail sentences were suspended in each case. Brown was placed on reporting probation for two years.

According to court records, an accompanying charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.

Jail records added that Brown currently has a holder from the Adult Parole Authority (APA). According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Brown is under their supervision on a 2011 conviction for illegal manufacture of drugs.

Jacob Rupp, 25, Hillsboro, appeared on a bench warrant as well as new charges. According to records, the bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear for an arraignment.

On Wednesday, Rupp pled guilty to two counts of third-degree misdemeanor speeding, records showed.

According to the court, Rupp was sentenced to a total of 20 days in jail, with an additional 100 days suspended. He must pay $200 in fines. An additional $800 were suspended. Rupp was placed on reporting probation for two years.

A charge of driving on a suspension was dismissed, records added.

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Man who fled police pleads guilty, gets suspended sentences

By Sarah Allen

[email protected]