A Bainbridge woman entered an agreement on charges of credit misue and theft Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.
The Times-Gazette previously reported that Heather Mowrey, 38, who at the time was a pharmacy technician, was charged after allegedly using an elderly customer’s debit card to purchase groceries.
As per Friday’s agreement, Mowrey pled guilty to an amended and reduced charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property. The theft charge was dimissed.
Defense attorney Lynn Turner said Mowrey had a “squeaky clean” record. She added that restitution had already been paid.
Mowrey said she lost her job over the incident. “I’m sorry for what happened, and it’ll never happen again,” she told the court.
A 30-day jail sentence was suspended on the condition that Mowrey pay half of a $250 fine, perform 50 hours of community service, and stay away from the involved pharmacy.
A jail sentence was ordered for Dustin Combs, 21, Greenfield. According to court records, Combs was convicted of fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief in May. At that time, a 60-day jail sentence was suspended on the condition that he perform 50 hours of community service.
In September, a bench warrant was issued for Combs’ arrest after he failed to show up for a review hearing, records show.
Combs appeared on that warrant Friday. He was found guilty of a probation violation and a 30-day jail sentence was imposed. He can be furloughed on Monday, records add. Combs must return to court in December.
In other cases, Nelson Moler, 62, Mount Orab, appeared for a deferred sentencing on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor vehicular homicide.
The Times-Gazette previously reported that Moler was charged following a crash last June that resulted in the death of his wife, who had been the front seat passenger.
In April, Moler entered an agreement. If he obtained an assessment at FRS and completed any recommended counseling, the charge would be amended to first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). It would be treated as a first offense.
As of Friday, Moler had been compliant with those conditions. Defense attorney Bruce Wallace said the counseling “helped turn (Moler’s) life around.”
Moler said, “I thought FRS was an excellent program. They helped me a lot.”
One hundred and seventy-seven days of a 180-day jail sentence were suspended. Moler will be given credit for his time in a three-day driver intervention program. His license was also suspended for six months. He was fined $500.
Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna told Moler that the accident and death involved in the case “shouldn’t have happened.”
“It absolutely should not have happened,” he said.
Moler’s sentence was suspended for “as long as the law allows me,” McKenna said, which is for five years. Moler was also ordered to possess no alcohol.
Also on Friday, June McKillop, 40, Hillsboro, appeared for a deferred sentencing that was scheduled the day before. The Times-Gazette previously reported that McKillop appeared on a bench warrant Thursday.
At that time, a previous 51-day furlough was revoked. The judge ordered a drug test and said that the results of that test, as well as anything reported by McKillop’s attorney, would be considered the next day.
On Friday, McKenna said that McKillop passed her drug screen.
Her deferred sentencing on a domestic violence charge was rescheduled for March to give McKillop time to complete anger management classes. She was furloughed from jail. Fifty days remain on that sentence.
McKenna told her, “Because of the unfortunate history that you have created over the last 15 years in this court, I’m not interested in any excuses.”
He added that in addition to those 50 days, a 180-day jail sentence was suspended on a theft conviction earlier this year. In all, McKillop has 230 days “hanging over (her) head,” the judge said.
Jeffrey Bumgarner, 44, Hillsboro, entered an agreement. He pled guilty to OVI, which was stipulated as a first offense. Accompanying charges for a tail light violation and driving on a suspension were dismissed.
The judge said that while Bumgarner has not had a case in the court in several years, this most recent case marked his 32nd overall. He added that Bumgarner has over $1,700 in unpaid fines and court costs.
All but three days of a 180-day jail sentence were suspended, as per the agreement. Bumgarner will be given credit for his time in a driver intervention program. He must pay $375 of a $1,075 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Bumgarner’s license was suspended for six months. He was placed on reporting probation.
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