Drug addict imprisoned



A man was sentenced Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court to prison and also was arraigned on new felony charges he incurred over the weekend during an incident with Bellefontaine police.

Matthew J. Parmer, 44, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, a six-month driver’s license suspension and was ordered to pay court costs for trafficking in drugs. He pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 16.

 He was arrested again over the weekend by officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department and charged with taking the identity of another, obstructing official business, conspiracy, carrying concealed weapons and possessing drug abuse instruments.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department responded to a 9 p.m. report of two males acting suspiciously at Rite Aid, 230 S. Main St., with one suspected repeatedly putting a mask over his face inside the pharmacy.

The suspects left the area, but were located near the Oasis Drive-Thru, 406 S. Main St.

Mr. Parmer claimed he was Steven Parmer and provided a birthday and Social Security number without hesitation. A warrants check showed Steven Parmer was wanted on a felony warrant for breaking and entering.

Officers placed the suspect under arrest and found a large kitchen knife in a coat pocket along with a hypodermic needle with heroin residue.

At the Logan County Jail, he claimed to have swallowed 26 individual heroin doses and he admitted he was Matthew, not Steven.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, jail staff found that the defendant had taken his meal tray and used it to damage a communications speaker and heat sensor in his cell. He was issued an additional charge of criminal damaging for that incident, deputies report.

In another case, a Logan County grand jury indicted the defendant Dec. 13 on three counts including burglary, a second-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

He said Monday ongoing drug addiction has influenced many of his poor choices.

“Addiction has taken common sense for me and thrown it right out the window,” he said Monday just before he was sentenced.

Others appearing were:



• Wesley Oakley, 24, of Wapakoneta. He was sentenced to 60 days in Logan County Jail, three years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for attempted felonious assault;

• James Dixon, 35, of Bellefontaine. He was sentenced to three years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for nonsupport of dependents; and

• Christina Cox, 29, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to theft from the elderly and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.