Hillsboro woman gets another chance


Four jail sentences scheduled on probation violations

By Sarah Allen - [email protected]



Christa Hart is pictured in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.


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A Hillsboro woman who appeared in the Hillsboro Municipal Court Thursday after failing a drug test was given a chance to continue reporting probation and to enroll in inpatient treatment.

Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey Lyle described the record of Christa Hart, 31, saying, “You’ve got so many files, I can’t keep it all straight here.”

“It’s ridiculous,” Hart said. “I know it is.”

Court records showed that Hart has been convicted of unauthorized use of property and disorderly conduct, both fourth-degree misdemeanors, since 2013.

“You keep getting in trouble, and the problem I’m having … is you’re going to die when you’re out (of jail),” Lyle said. “It’s got to stop.”

Hart told the court that she has been planning to enroll in inpatient treatment, but wanted to make arrangements for other areas of her life first. She said that she would be “forever grateful” if she could spend Thanksgiving with her family.

She then asked if she could report to the probation department every day and get regular drug screens. The judge asked a probation officer in the courtroom if that was possible. The officer said that it was.

Hart was released from jail Thursday for “daily reporting probation with community service seven days per week,” as stated in records. She must also enroll in and complete inpatient treatment. She is scheduled to return to court in December.

Lyle then told her that if she fails to report to the probation department she will be arrested and “won’t see the light of day” until she has served out her suspended sentences.

In other cases, jail sentences were scheduled for four defendants found guilty of probation violations.

Tabitha Wilson, 24, Lynchburg, appeared on a bench warrant that was issued after she failed to report to the probation department. On Thursday, she told the court that she had also failed to get an assessment and recommended counseling at FRS. She was convicted of attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine earlier this year, records stated.

A 57-day jail sentence will be reviewed in January. Her probation was extended for an additional year.

A jail sentence was also scheduled for Brian Taylor, 49, Leesburg. He appeared on a bench warrant Thursday. According to records, Taylor has past convictions for assault, failure to reinstate, and fictitious registration.

Records added that jail time has been imposed and furloughed on Taylor’s assault case. He must return to court in December to review a 30-day jail sentence.

Herman Quarles, 31, Lynchburg, also appeared on a bench warrant. He was convicted of attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine last August, records showed.

Quarles told the court that he had recently completed inpatient counseling. Lyle said that, “unfortunately,” the court did not have a record of that.

A 17-day jail sentence will be reviewed next month. At that time, Quarles must provide proof that he completed his treatment. His probation was extended for another year.

Terry Flint, 53, Lynchburg, was found guilty of a violation following a plea agreement. He turned himself in Thursday on a 2014 bench warrant.

A charge of physical control was amended and reduced to fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct while intoxicated. The state recommended a suspended sentence on the condition that Flint complete counseling. Defense attorney Bill Armintrout said Flint has already enrolled in a Clinton County treatment center.

A 30-day jail sentence was suspended. Flint was fined $250. He was found to be in violation of a 2013 conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). Thirty days of a previously suspended 57-day jail sentence will be reviewed in January. Flint’s probation was extended for two years.

Also on Friday, Robert Wagner, 23, Mount Orab, was sentenced to five days in jail. Records showed that he pled guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor driving on a suspension last year.

Lyle said, since then, Wagner had been convicted on another charge of driving on a suspension.

Five days of Wagner’s previously suspended 10-day jail sentence were imposed. That time began on Tuesday. His probation was extended for an additional year.

Finally, Robert Booth, 26, Wyoming, appeared on a bench warrant that was issued Wednesday after he allegedly failed to comply with court orders, records showed.

Booth faces first-degree misdemeanor charges of assault and theft. The Times-Gazette previously reported that Booth allegedly took property, including a TV, belonging to the alleged victim, and then later “threw her off the porch,” according to an affidavit.

He told the court on Thursday that he had been in contact with the alleged victim. The court had previously ordered that he have no contact with her.

A $5,000 bond was set on his case. If Booth posts that bond, he will be placed on electronic monitoring house arrest. He is set for a pretrial on Friday.

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

Christa Hart is pictured in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ChristaHart.jpgChrista Hart is pictured in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday. Sarah Allen|The Times-Gazette
Four jail sentences scheduled on probation violations

By Sarah Allen

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