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By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com



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Two former employees of DC Engineering & Development of London were handed community control sentences on Friday for stealing a yet-to-be-determined amount of copper and scrap metal from the business last year.


Clayton J. Henderson, 48, and Jonathon Conwell, 25, both city residents, were each sentenced to three years of community control for stealing 18.5 tons of copper wire and other metal.


Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello also ordered Henderson to serve 60 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring. Conwell will serve 30 days. Both are allowed to work away from home.


Each pleaded guilty in June to complicity to grand theft. The charges stemmed from a series of thefts between March and December last year.


A hearing set for Aug. 29 will determine restitution owed to business owner Chuck Duvall.


Assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins said the men earned a total of $7,387 from a metal re-cycler for the stolen scrap. However, Duvall set replacement cost of the stolen items at $60,000. Insurance covered about $30,000 of that amount.


Adkins said the men stole metal at different times and in varying amounts, making it difficult to determine restitution owed by each.


Conwell blamed his thefts on a gambling habit. Costello ordered the man evaluated for mental health treatment.


Henderson, Duvall’s long-time employee, offered no excuse.


In other common pleas court action last week:


* Ryan Niedert, 26, of Columbus, was charged with possessing methamphetamine during an April 8 traffic stop in the county. Costello appointed Dale Frenz to represent Niedert at an Oct. 9 trial.


Niedert remains on house arrest after posting a $10,000 bond.


* Donevan Wynkoop, 19, of London, was charged with trafficking the painkiller Oxycodone on Sept. 17.


Tim Daugherty said he will represent Wynkoop at an Oct. 7 trial.


Wynkoop is on house arrest after posting a $5,000 bond.


* David Hotelling, 25, of Galloway, was charged with trafficking Oxycodone on April 3 and March 18, Suboxone on April 8 and heroin on April 9.


Costello appointed Thomas Arrington to represent Hotelling at an Oct. 7 trial and released the man on a signature bond and house arrest.


* Timothy Finney, 27, of London, was charged with possessing cocaine on March 30.


Seth Schertzinger was appointed to represent Finney at an Oct. 7 trial.


Finney was released on a signature bond and house arrest.


* William Waugh, 33, of West Jefferson, was charged with theft by deception in 2010 and 2011.


Shannon Treynor was appointed to represent Waugh at an Oct. 7 trial.


Waugh is free on a signature bond.


* Jeanette Cox, 26, of London, was charged with theft from Walmart on April 17.


Ashli Stonerock was appointed to represent Cox at an Oct. 7 trial.


Cox was released on a signature bond.


* Danielle Malone, 32, of Springfield was charged with forging a $397 check on Gill Livestock on Sept. 19, 2013.


Costello appointed Mike Murray to represent Malone at an Oct. 7 trial.


Malone remains free on a signature bond.


* Dawan Dixon, 35, of Springfield, was charged with forging a $589 check on Gill Livestock on Oct. 19, 2013.


Costello appointed Josh Peistrup to represent Dixon at an Oct. 7 trial.


Dixon remains in jail under a $2,500 surety bond.


* Madison Correctional Institution inmate Steven Willett, 47, was charged with conspiring to smuggle drugs into the prison.


The state public defender’s office was appointed to represent Willett at an Oct. 25 trial.


Willett is currently serving 2.5 years for drug trafficking in Highland County. He is due for release in April.


* Former London Correctional Institution inmate Robert S. Ritchie, 35, was charged with conspiring to smuggle Suboxone into the prison.


Fred Ballam was appointed to represent Ritchie at a Sept. 25 trial.


Ritchie was due for release on Sunday, and is currently under $20,000 bond.


* MaCI inmate Christopher Linton, 32, was charged with possession of heroin on April 1.


The state public defender’s office was appointed to represent Linton at an Oct. 7 trial.


Linton is serving time for aggravated robbery in Jackson County. He is due for release in December.


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


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