Mount Sterling man fails to fix stolen car

Given a week in jail, more time to get car fixed

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski -

After four months, a Mount Sterling man still hasn’t lived up to an agreement to fix a friend’s car he “borrowed” for an extended period of time, landing him some jail time.

Chad Baird, 39, was in court for violating his community control agreement, specifically to repair a vehicle he had promised to fix and return.

A family friend had lent Baird’s girlfriend a vehicle. The friend made multiple attempts to get her car back from Baird and his girlfriend, but was perpetually unsuccessful. At the time of his sentencing, the vehicle had been in impounded and was inoperable, all while Baird was telling the friend he was fixing it.

In January, Costello ordered Baird to pay the impound fees and either fix the car himself or pay a professional by April 10 to restore the former friend’s car.

In a court hearing in late April, Baird had not finished repairing the car, but claimed he only needed to fix the exhaust and would be done.

Judge Eamon Costello gave him two more weeks to finish the job. He still had not finished by the hearing this week.

Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Adkins said that it had still been well over a month and Baird still had not accomplished the task.

Baird also had a recent run in with the law for removing parts from a truck he was supposed to repair. He also spent 20 days in jail, which his defense attorney Jennifer Hitt said was a factor in why he still hadn’t fixed it.

Costello took Adkins’ point and said that Baird had chosen to do the work himself, despite the option to hire someone to repair it.

Baird claimed he was almost finished and that is was running, minus some parts. Costello didn’t buy it.

He gave Baird a week in jail, starting Thursday, and told him to have the vehicle repaired by June or else suffer further consequences.

Also in court Thursday:

• Gregory Cox, 30, of London, pleaded guilty to a count of forgery and a count of theft, both fifth-degree felonies. Judge Eamon Costello gave him two sixth month sentences to be served concurrently, but in addition to his current time in Franklin County, where he is serving two years for receiving stolen property and escape.

The maximum sentence was 21 months with a fine of $5,000.

This was settled through a plea agreement between Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Adkins, which dropped the other two charges.

Cox was originally charged with two charges of theft along with the forgery charge and a charge of misuse of credit cards, all fifth-degree felonies.

Specifically, he had stolen a check and a credit card from his grandmother, stealing a total of $950 from her.

She did not ask for restitution.

The defendant said that his thefts were due to his addiction to heroin, which he claims to have been suffering from for five years.

• Brook Bare, 27, of West Jefferson, was brought in for a community control violation. On March 23, she admitted to smoking crack cocaine to her probation officer after failing a drug test. She claims her relapse was due to the people she associates with.

She is now taking a Vivitrol shot and was given extended community control restrictions, but Costello warned that he may not be as lenient in the future.

Costello said that relapse was common in these cases and would attempt to accommodate, but he wouldn’t “babysit here in court” and was not afraid to give a prison sentence if she continued to relapse.
Given a week in jail, more time to get car fixed

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.