Last updated: April 25. 2014 3:25PM - 3341 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

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Editor’s note: This story contains a clarification of events, written 4/25/14.

It was a prom night to remember for all the wrong reasons.

Deputies on patrol in the parking lot of Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877 U.S. Route 42, near Plain City, during the school’s April 12 prom, charged two students with misdemeanors involving drugs and alcohol.

Richard Lee Runyon III, 19, 614 Kirkwood Drive, West Jefferson, was charged at 9:28 p.m. with underage drinking and possession of marijuana after a deputy spotted a bottle of Jagermeister in the back of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer he drove to the event.

A subsequent search turned up a baggie of suspected marijuana, rolling papers, scale and cigarettes. Runyon admitted the drug and paraphernalia were his.

Jessica Natividad Pablo, 18, 5301 Brandy Oakes Lane, Columbus, was charged at 9:30 p.m. with underage drinking after a deputy saw two six-packs of beer in her 2003 Nissan Altima. Four beer bottles were open. Pablo admitted drinking beer en-route to the event and obtaining the alcohol from another student. She refused to provide a name.

In addition, Pablo was not accompanied by a licensed driver and possessed only a permit, a sheriff’s report said.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.


An article in the April 24 edition of The Madison Press incorrectly stated two students at Tolles Career & Technical Center near Plain City were charged with underage drinking and marijuana possession during the school’s April 12 prom.

Madison County Sheriff’s reports indicated misdemeanor charges were filed. However, none appeared in municipal court records as of April 25.

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