Four charged with sneaking drugs into prison

By Erin Thompson -

Four people charged with sneaking drugs into local prisons appeared in court Wednesday.

The four incidents are unrelated.

Kelly Watkins, 51, of West Jefferson, is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony.

The former secretary of the mental health department at Madison Correctional Institution (MaCI) developed a relationship with an inmate and attempted to sneak Xanax into the facility for him, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins

Katrina Barber, 27, of Columbus, is accused of hiding two nickel-sized balloons of heroin in her bra. She tried to get them into MaCI for her husband, an inmate at the prison, according to Adkins.

She is charged with conveying heroin into a detention center, a third-degree felony, and possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony.

Again at MaCI, a former correctional officer, Billy Glipsie, appeared to be under the influence during his Jan. 7, 2016 shift.

A bag of heroin, presumed to be Glispsie’s, was discovered in the officer’s restroom, according to Adkins. The 24-year-old from Jeffersonville is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony.

The fourth incident occurred at London Correctional Institution.

Ricky Sayers, 31, an inmate at LoCI, had his mother sneak marijuana into the facility at his request, according to Adkins.

There are no current charges against the mother.

All four will appear in court again on Jan. 27 for their formal pretrial hearings.

Also in court Wednesday:

• The man accused of assaulting two Plain City police officers appeared for his informal pretrial hearing.

Shawn Writesel, 41, of Canal Winchester, is charged with two counts of felonious assault, a first- and second-degree felony, and three counts of fourth-degree felonious assault.

Officers Flowers and Hertzinger responded to a domestic situation on Gay Street in Plain City around midnight on Oct. 18.

According to police statements, Writesel became hostile towards the officers as they tried to assess the situation, shouting that he was under “maritime law” and not their jurisdiction.

As they were wrangling Writesel into the cruiser, he repeatedly kicked Flowers in the chest, waist and legs. Hertzinger went to the other side of the cruiser to attempt to pull Writesel in when he was head-butted and bit by the accused.

Flowers has been off duty since the incident. He underwent shoulder surgery in late December due to injuries sustained. He will remain on leave until April at the earliest, according to the Plain City police department.

Writesel remains in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail. He will appear in court again Jan. 27 for his formal pretrial hearing. His bond is set at $20,000.

Also in court on Wednesday:

• Tammy Jewell, 36, of Columbus, was arraigned on a community control violation. She was initially placed on three years of community control following a 2014 vehicular assault conviction.

In April 2016 Jewell was arrested for an OMVI in Franklin County and in August failed to report to her probation officer, both community control violations.

She will appear in court again Jan. 26 for a community control violation hearing. She is currently out on recognizance bond.

In court on Thursday:

• Dennis Whisman, 52, of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty to mishandling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Whisman will be sentenced on Feb. 10. He is currently out on recognizance bond

• Nicole Adkins, 33, of Columbus, appeared for sentencing for a probation violation .She was initially placed on two years of community control in March of 2015 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property.

Adkins failed to report to her probation officer in March 2016 and was arrested in September 2016 in connection with the probation violation.

The day after Adkins was released, the court discovered the phone number and address she provided was false. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Sept. 15 and she was arrested on Dec. 1.

On Wednesday, Adkins admitted she violated her probation. Judge Chris Brown reinstated her previously suspended prison sentence of 18 months on Thursday.×427-1.jpg

By Erin Thompson

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.

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