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Cases handled in common pleas court

November 14, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Tammy Lowe was sentenced to seven days in the Jefferson County jail and five years of probation Wednesday for stealing money from two individuals she was working for as a health aide.

Lowe also was sentenced to 200 hours of community service by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese who warned the woman that if she doesn't pay restitution to the two victims, "you will wind up in prison."

"You are better off than the honest mom who hit her credit card for $20,000 and had to pay interest on the loan. I can't stand that. It will take you forever to get the restitution paid," said Bruzzese.

Lowe pleaded guilty to stealing $1,643 from one individual and $20,000 from a second victim while caring for them.

"If you do everything you are supposed to do I will be happy," added Bruzzese.

"I ask for forgiveness for the pain I have caused these people and their families. The recovery and spiritual program has changed my life. I want to lead a healthy life for my daughters and ask for forgiveness," Lowe said before she was sentenced.

Lowe said she would start her sentence immediately and after a few minutes spent talking to friends in the courtroom, she was led off to the county jail.

Renee Staudacher of Mingo Junction was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to continue her drug treatment program by Bruzzese after Staudacher entered a guilty plea to a bill of information.

Staudacher has agreed to plead guilty to a burglary at a home on Oak Grove Avenue in Steubenville.

"I was on heroin for about four years when my baby's father and his friends went to rob a house in Steubenville. I taped the window they were going to break into but then had second thoughts and left. I am now confident I can turn my life around," Staudacher told the judge.

The sentencing came after several people indicted by the November session of the Jefferson County grand jury last week were arraigned at the Jefferson County Justice Center.

Jalontay Johnson, 16, of Steubenville entered a not guilty plea to charges of murder for the July 25 fatal stabbing of Demitrius Thomas. Johnson also was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence.

Stephen Stickles was appointed to represent Johnson and he remains in the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

Dallas Crokie, 18, of Brilliant entered a not guilty plea for the September stabbing and beating of Terry Shust. Crokie also was indicted on two counts of tampering with evidence.

Stickles was assigned to represent Crokie, who remains in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

John J. Greene, 2825 county Road 55, Hammondsville, pleaded not guilty to one count of felonious assault with a gun specification indictment for allegedly shooting a friend in the arm on Oct. 20.

Greene was arrested at the scene of the shooting after he allegedly fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Lee DiMaggio. DiMaggio was hit in the arm.

Andrew W. Scott, 3313 Overbrook Drive, Weirton, pleaded not guilty to one count of gross sexual imposition.

Jeremiah W. Wade, 635 Logan Ave. entered not guilty pleas to two separate indictments, including two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft and one count of receiving stolen property.

William D. Ross III, 222 Edgar Ave. pleaded not guilty for assault on a police officer and was assigned David Vukelic to represent him.

Randall L. Fazio Jr., 511 Euclid Ave., Toronto, entered a not guilty plea to one count of felonious assault with a gun specification. He was assigned Stickles for future legal proceedings.

Anthony Elmore, 29, of Steubenville pleaded not guilty to a charges alleging he was involved in a May 16 home invasion.

Elmore was named in a secret indictment issued by the county grand jury alleging he was involved in the burglary and shooting at the Gray residence in Mingo Junction.

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