Preliminary hearing waived in alleged chase case


Hillsboro man enters agreement on felony, pleads to misdemeanor

By Sarah Allen - [email protected]



Felisha A. Coonrod is pictured with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.


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A Kingston woman who allegedly led law enforcement on a pursuit that included four counties appeared Thursday Hillsboro Municipal Court and waived her preliminary hearing.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Felisha A. Coonrod, 30, received numerous charges after a chase that allegedly passed through Ross, Highland, Pike and Adams counties.

Coonrod faces: failure to comply with an officer, a third-degree felony; OVI, driving on an OVI suspension, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a suspension, all first-degree misdemeanors; and two counts of failure to maintain control and a seatbelt violation, all minor misdemeanors.

On Thursday, Coonrod waived her preliminary hearing. All of her charges will go before a grand jury, according to court records.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that she is currently serving a total of 180 days on cases for attempting to purchase an illegal amount pseudoephedrine and criminal damaging.

In other cases, Larry L. Hutton, 19, Hillsboro, entered an agreement.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that he was charged with fifth-degree felony drug abuse and second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments after the Hillsboro Police Department received a tip earlier this month.

On Thursday, Hutton entered an agreement and pled guilty to an amended and reduced charge of first-degree misdemeanor drug abuse. He also pled guilty to possession of drug abuse instruments.

In addition, Hutton was also sentenced on a previous case for possession of drug abuse instruments. Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said sentencing had been deferred for Hutton to complete counseling at FRS.

Defense attorney Bill Armintrout told the court that Hutton’s family recently enrolled him in inpatient treatment.

He added that treatment is “clearly what this young man needs at this point and time.”

A total of 270 days in jail were suspended on Hutton’s most recent charges. He was placed on reporting probation and ordered to obtain counseling. He must also observe a curfew and stay away from the other reportedly involved parties. His license was suspended for two years.

A 90-day jail sentence on his other charge began when he was arrested on Aug. 3. He can be furloughed to complete inpatient treatment. If he is successful, he will receive jail time credit for his time in the program.

Also on Friday, four defendants were sentenced to jail on probation violations.

Jeremy Cordrey, 32, Lynchburg, appeared on a bench warrant and a new charge of second-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business.

He pled not guilty to his most recent charge. A pretrial is set for next month.

Cordrey was also found guilty of a probation violation on a pseudoephedrine conviction from last year. A 90-day jail sentence was imposed, and his probation was extended from an another year. In addition, sentencing that was previously deferred on a charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor domestic threat was scheduled for next month.

A jail sentence was also imposed for Shaylyn McCoy, 18, Hillsboro.

The Times-Gazette previously reported she and a co-defendant previously entered agreements on assault charges, pleading guilty to amended and reduced charges of third-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief.

McCoy was found guilty of a probation violation earlier this month. She was sentenced to 58 days in jail and later furloughed.

On Thursday, McCoy appeared for a hearing after an affidavit was filed by the probation department the previous day, records showed. Her furlough was revoked, and a 53-day jail sentence began Wednesday.

A furlough was also revoked for Melany Roades, 37, Hillsboro, on a conviction of attempted theft. Forty-three days in jail began on Wednesday.

Roades was also found guilty of a probation violation and an additional 30 days were imposed. She can be furloughed to inpatient treatment, records added.

Stacey Woodruff, 29, Hillsboro, entered an agreement and pled guilty to driving on a suspension, an unclassified misdemeanor. Woodruff must pay $100 of a $1,000 fine. Her license was suspended for six months.

McKenna said Woodruff was also scheduled to begin a 15-day jail sentence Thursday. She was previously found guilty of a probation violation on a reckless operation case. The 15-day sentence was imposed. She can be furloughed Friday if she passes a drug screen. The remaining 14 days are set for November.

Also on Friday:

• Megan Cook, 29, New Vienna, entered an agreement on second-degree misdemeanor attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine. She pled guilty to the charge and sentencing was deferred until November to give her time to obtain an assessment and any recommended counseling at FRS. If she is compliant, the case will be dismissed.

• Ashley Lindsey, 28, Hillsboro, and Donna Lindsey, 51, Hillsboro, appeared on first-degree misdemeanor assault charges. Those were ultimately amended and reduced to disorderly conduct minor misdemeanors. Court trials are set for Oct. 8.

• A charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed for Robert W. Sions, 58, Hillsboro. As of Thursday, the time on his case had expired, according to records. He is currently under indictment on multiple charges in the Highland County Common Pleas Court, as previously reported by The Times-Gazette.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

Felisha A. Coonrod is pictured with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_FelishaCoonrod1.jpgFelisha A. Coonrod is pictured with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday. Sarah Allen|The Times-Gazette
Hillsboro man enters agreement on felony, pleads to misdemeanor

By Sarah Allen

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