Alleged WJ burglar to go to trial


Brandon Schlueb

Justin Buchanan

Danielle Tomak

One of the three suspects accused of burglarizing a West Jefferson tobacco shop and leading police on a high-speed chase informed the court Tuesday that he will take his case to jury trial.

Brandon Schlueb, 30, of Columbus, will proceed to trial currently scheduled for July 7, according to attorney Jennifer Hitt.

Schlueb, Justin Buchanan, 29, of Whitehall, and Danielle Tomak, 26, of Delaware, were charged after the April incident. Schlueb and Buchanan are charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and theft. Tomak is charged with complicity to theft, complicity to breaking and entering and failure to comply.

Buchanan pleaded guilty to a single count of breaking and entering Tuesday, with a misdemeanor charge of theft and felony charge of possession of criminal tools dropped in the deal.

Tomak was given additional time to decide whether she will plea or go to trial, following a request by her attorney, Dale Frenz. Frenz said a resolution would likely be reached.

The three reportedly broke into Tobacco Outlet, located at 245 E. Main St., West Jefferson, on April 15, breaking glass to gain entry. They tripped an audible alarm while in the store, said Assistant Madison County Prosecutor Nick Adkins.

West Jefferson police and Franklin County sheriff’s deputies gave chase. The passengers reportedly threw stolen items out of the vehicle during the pursuit.

The suspects crashed into a fence near West Broad Street and Interstate 270 in west Columbus, where they were apprehended. Police found cigarettes, lottery tickets and other items in the vehicle.

All three suspects have prior criminal history. They are currently being held at Tri-County Regional Jail.

Also in common pleas court Tuesday:

• Logan Riffle, 29, of Mount Sterling, was arraigned. He is charged with two counts of drug trafficking, one count of complicity to drug trafficking and a count of permitting drug abuse.

Fred Ballam was appointed to represent Riffle. He was held on a $15,000 cash surety bond.

• Lucas Boring, 39, of London, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with two counts of felony non-support.

His formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for July 16.

• Tony Tracey, 38, of Springfield, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with a single count of aggravated drug possession.

Tracey’s formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for July 16.

• Jesse Strickland, 30, of London, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with a single count of aggravated drug possession.

His formal pretrial is currently scheduled for July 16.

• Roger Lowe, 60, of London, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with a single count of violating a protection order.

Lowe’s formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for Aug. 3. His bond was revoked because he allegedly violated terms of his house arrest.

• Ricky Allen, 33, of West Jefferson, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with a single count of drug abuse.

Allen’s formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for Aug. 3.

• William Pratt, 25, of West Jefferson, was sentenced to nine months in prison for violating terms of his community control sentence. He was previously sentenced to three years of community control on a charge of drug trafficking in April.

• Christopher Meadows, 26, of Galloway, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking. Two additional drug trafficking charges were dropped in the plea agreement.

His sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for July 20.

• Kenneth Urbanik, 52, of Mansfield, attended his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with a single count of non-support.

His formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for Aug 3.

• Bradley Someillan, 20, of Urbana, pleaded guilty to a single count of improper use of a firearm. Misdemeanor charges of drug paraphernalia, seat belt and speeding were dropped with the condition that Someillan complete a substance abuse program.

• Carlos Cummings, 52, of Mechanicsburg, pleaded guilty to a single count of OVI. Two specification charges of five OVIs in 20 years were dropped, as well as an additional charge of OVI.

Cummings will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 days in jail or prison for the offense. His sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for Aug. 3.

• Davonte Blake, 23, of South Vienna, was allowed judicial release from his prison sentence. He was sentenced to two years in prison on a charge of felonious assault in January 2014. He will serve the rest of his sentence on community control.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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