Man gets three years for gun, drug charges

BURK STEVEN

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A 67-year-old Bellefontaine man was sentenced to three years in prison for a series of drug and weapon charges.

Steven Burk appeared recently in Logan County Common Pleas Court after previously pleading guilty to possession of drugs, having weapons under disability, possession of controlled substance and illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility.  

He was first arrested in April 2015 after a raid by the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force.

The detectives had coordinated drug buys at Mr. Burk’s 816 W. Sandusky Ave. residence and executed a search warrant on April 24. During the search, they confiscated numerous firearms and other merchandise they believed to be stolen and fenced to the defendant in exchange for drugs. A substantial amount of heroin was also located.

A charge of having weapons under disability was filed in August after officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department served a warrant at the home and discovered a loaded weapon.

Additional charges of a similar nature were added in November.

In February, the illegal conveyance charge was added after Mr. Burk attempted to smuggle 27 prescription opiate pills into the Logan County Jail in the arm of his wheelchair after he had been released on a medical furlough.

• Shannon Miller, 26, of Mechanicsburg, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to six months in prison.

• Jennifer Monroe, 36, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to trespass in a habitation, theft and possession of drugs.

She was arrested Oct. 24 after Jamie L. Caskey reported she entered a rental property he owns at 11375 Powhatan Path without permission and took several items.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

• Jason Owen, 32, and Rebecca Owen, 34, of Fairborn, each pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest and were granted intervention in lieu of conviction. They must complete substance abuse counseling and three years of community control.

They were arrested Nov. 23 after being found disoriented and confused in their car outside Dollar General, 2053 S. Main St.

• Tyler Queen, 23, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and also was granted intervention in lieu of conviction.

• Joshua McLaughlin, 31, of Piqua, pleaded guilty to theft and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.