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June 13, 2014

News briefs from June 13, 2014

- — Woman admits role in heroin delivery scheme

GROVE CITY – A Findley Township woman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to deliver stemming from an Aug. 28 search of her motel room in Grove City.

Brittany Pringle, 22, of 711 Springfield-Church Road, was charged after police received a call from a relative that Pringle had borrowed her car and not returned it, Grove City police said.

The relative said she found the car at the Park Motel, 1334 W. Main St., and had heard that Pringle and her boyfriend, Brandon P. Lewis, 20, of McKeesport, had been involved in heroin dealing, police said.

Police, who were called at 8:15 a.m., said they found Lewis and Pringle in the motel room with two others and received permission from them and the car’s owner to search the car. Police said they found a digital scale “disguised as a cellular phone,” and 50 “stamp” bags of heroin in the car.

Upon obtaining a search warrant for the motel room, police said they found 50 bags of heroin in a baseboard heater, and 86 bags in a “false Pabst beer can.” Also seized were $410 and three cell phones, police said.

Lewis pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver and was sentenced in April to 217 days to 2 years less 1 day in jail followed by 2 years’ probation with 217 days’ credit and 50 hours’ community service.

Lacking home, sex offender remains in jail

WORTH TOWNSHIP – A former Worth Township man is eligible for parole but remains in Mercer County Jail because he has no place to go.

Josiah M. Stallsmith, 20, formerly of Sandy Lake-Grove City Road, pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to a charge of corruption of a minor for having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl over three years, starting when the girl was 15, in his former home.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John sentenced Stallsmith May 31 to 11è to 23 months in jail followed by 3 years’ probation.

Stallsmith, who was charged by a county detective, had already spent the minimum amount of time in jail, but St. John ordered that he remain behind bars until an acceptable home plan is presented.

Stallsmith will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. The judge found Stallsmith is not a sexually violent predator, which would have added to his reporting and counseling requirements under Megan’s Law.

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