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Third Newbury Pharmacy Robber Pleads GuiltyAn Ashtabula County man involved in the July 11 holdup of Newbury Pharmacy changed his plea from not guilty to…

Third Newbury Pharmacy Robber Pleads Guilty

An Ashtabula County man involved in the July 11 holdup of Newbury Pharmacy changed his plea from not guilty to guilty to two felony charges in front of Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fuhry Monday afternoon.

Joshua M. Moore, 20, of Kingsville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to complicity to commit aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and to a three-year firearms specification, which, under Ohio law, must be served consecutive to any other prison sentence.

He is the third of four men involved in the robbery to plead guilty to crimes.

Moore also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.

Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz told Fuhry the state would dismiss the remaining three counts of the indictment as well as the accompanying specifications.

He further agreed to the forfeiture of a Colt M4 carbine rifle and a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver.

“No agreements have been reached as to sentence,” Flaiz said, adding the parties requested a pre-sentence investigation report and victim impact statements.

Fuhry told Moore a prison sentence is “presumed” for the commission of a first-degree felony from a minimum of three years to a maximum of 11 years.

He could also be fined up to $20,000 and ordered to make restitution, the judge said.

The firearm specification attached to complicity to commit aggravated robbery charges requires a mandatory three-year prison sentence that must be served consecutive to any other prison term.

“So, you know by virtue of your plea here today you’re going to prison for at least three years,” Fuhry told Moore.

The obstructive of justice charge is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from nine to 36 months, Fuhry explained. He could also be fined up to $10,000.

“So now, you have the prospect in this case of going to prison for a longer time than just the maximum on the complicity to commit aggravated robbery because there is the prospect of consecutive sentencing,” the judge said.

If consecutive sentencing is imposed, Fuhry told Moore he could face a total sentence of 17 years in prison.

“You understand that?” Fuhry asked.

“Yes, sir,” Moore replied.

Similarly, if the fines were aggregated, Moore could face a maximum financial penalty of $30,000.

Fuhry accepted Moore’s guilty plea and said he would delay sentence until a later date.

The court also agreed to continue Moore’s bond of $250,000 cash or surety, which he previously posted.

The fourth suspect, Johnathan Moore, 25, of Ashtabula, had a pretrial conference scheduled in Fuhry’s courtroom Wednesday.

Previously, Zachary Shevon Tiggs, 21, and Rashad Muhammad, 17, pleaded guilty to their role in the robbery.

The four men are charged with stealing roughly 4,000 to 6,000 narcotics from the pharmacy.

 

Russell Storm Damage Assistance

Russell Township Trustees will discuss the possibility of providing Russell residents with contractring for brush collection or chipping services to help clean-up from storm damage at the Nov. 6 meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Russell Township Fire-Rescue Station. Please watch for developments on the township website and the government access tv channel. For more information, contact Justin Madden at 440-338-5798.

 

Chardon Park Board Supports Amendment

The members of the City of Chardon Park and Recreation Board and the Recreation Committee recommend that voters in the City approve Issue #7 – the proposed amendment to the City Charter on November 5, 2013 ballot. This amendment will require that two of the seven appointees to the Park and Recreation Board be members of Council. Both the Committee and the Board agree that the changes will be beneficial to the City and its residents by eliminating the duplication and confusion of responsibilities by merging both groups. Additionally, members of the Board and Committee had input in the revision process and urge residents to approve the changes.

 

Man in Stabbing Case Charged With Felony

A Leroy Township man charged with felonious assault in an Oct. 18 stabbing case will have his case heard in the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas.

Eugene Hardy, 56, of 7301 Kniffen Road, waived his preliminary hearing Monday in Chardon Municipal Court after he was charged in his role in the stabbing case. His bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety on Oct. 21, according to Chardon Municipal Court records.

On Oct. 18, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported stabbing at 14816 Rock Creek Road in Hambden Township. Hardy allegedly stabbed the victim, a 52-year-old male, at the end of the driveway.

The victim was reportedly stabbed by the left eye and in his left side.?Both males were allegedly drinking, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Hardy suggested the two men pick up some type of drug, said Lt. John Hiscox, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. The victim refused, leading to the altercation and stabbing, Hiscox added.

The victim was transported to the hospital, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the report.

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