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Defendant admits to breaking into, trashing apartment

A defendant pleaded guilty Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court to a pair of misdemeanors resulting from acts of drunken belligerence.

Brandon Mathews, 22, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to aggravated trespassing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

In August, the defendant ransacked a former friend’s residence at 555 Newell St., Apt. 21, while she wasn’t home. Entering through an unlocked patio door, he flipped a coffee table, knocked a television onto its face and sprayed tanning lotion all over the walls, according to Logan County Prosecutors.

Mr. Mathews sent the woman menacing calls and text messages, and threatened to harm her, prosecutors said.

A September indictment handed up by a Logan County Grand Jury charged him with one count of burglary, a third-degree felony.

The defendant has been to prison before. He served nine months in 2011 out of Licking County for receiving stolen property.

He will be sentenced in this case March 17 following a presentence investigation.

Two others tender drug-related pleas

A man admitted in court to allowing a crack dealer to sell drugs out of his house.

Kenneth Williams, 55, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

He was the subject of a July investigation by the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force, which employed a confidential informant to buy crack cocaine from the defendant’s residence at 400 Clark Ave.

The defendant wasn’t selling drugs, prosecutors said, but had allowed dealers to work out of his residence.

A confidential informant purchased one-tenth of a gram of cocaine for $50. The CI handed the dealer $60 and was given change, according to law enforcement reports.

Mr. Williams can be seen on video smoking crack during the transaction, prosecutors said.

The defendant told visiting Judge Roger Wilson he’d been imprisoned some 15 or 20 years ago on a “weed charge.”

“I got caught dealing a little bit of weed,” he said.

Prosecutors are recommending a month in Logan County Jail and five years’ community control when Mr. Williams is sentenced March 17.

• Miranda Monroe, 32, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a fourth-degree felony.

Using a false name, she lied to a pharmacist and convinced the doctor to phone in for her a prescription for Tramadol — an opioid used to treat moderate to severe nerve pain.

The defendant told the doctor their family was traveling out of town and her son required his prescription ahead of time.

Ms. Monroe filled the prescription days later at Wal-Mart, paid for the narcotic at a self-checkout, tossed the bag away and stashed the pills in her shirt, prosecutors said.

Medical staff eventually caught on and realized the woman’s son hadn’t been written a prescription since 2011. The woman reportedly has told similar tales in the past, according to court records.

She will be sentenced March 17 following a PSI.

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