Man pleads guilty, sentenced for theft from Blanchester Music Boosters; OVI offenders sentenced


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



WILMINGTON — A Midland male is now prohibited from taking charge of and handling money for non-profits.

Anthony Gabbard, 53, of Midland, pled guilty to theft on Thursday in Clinton County Municipal Court and was sentenced to 180 days in suspended jail time.

As condition of his sentencing, Gabbard, along with having to pay a $1,000 fine and $135 in court costs, will not be able to hold “any office of trust in any non-profit organization and shall not handle money on behalf of any non-profit,” according to court documents. Gabbard must commit no further offenses for two years and complete non-reporting probation.

Gabbard was charged in March with stealing over $3,000 from the Blanchester Music Boosters Club after club officers reported funds were missing from their accounts.

An investigation by Blanchester Police Officer Kristen Jeffers found Gabbard, the club’s former treasurer, as the thief. Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt had told the News Journal, “It appears the funds were taken in a series of transactions occurring between December 2017 and August 2018.”

The case was moved from the Municipal Court to Clinton County Common Pleas with a jury trial set for Nov. 27. The case was dismissed in common pleas court and re-filed in municipal court on Thursday. According to common pleas court documents, Judge John “Tim” Rudduck ordered $3,289.25 be released to the Blanchester Music Boosters.

Reinbolt praised the club’s officers and Blanchester High School Music Director David Wood for their oversight which led to Gabbard being charged.

“It is a testament to their diligence that this case is being brought to justice,” said Reinbolt.

The following report is compiled using a disposition report provided by Clinton County Municipal Court. The information includes the defendant’s name, age, residence if listed, charge(s) disposed, fine, court costs assessed, jail sentence and any special conditions. Municipal Judge Mike Daugherty oversees the court, which administers the law in criminal misdemeanor cases.

The following continues the list of those who pled guilty or were found guilty between Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, 2019:

• Lynzie Brown, 33, of Wilmington, theft, trespassing, sentenced to 210 days in jail, fined $1,250, assessed $135 court costs. Brown must write a letter of apology to the victim and have no contact with them.

• Annalise Craft, 18, of Wilmington, theft, O.V.I., no operator’s license, sentenced to 190 days in jail (10 days suspended), operator’s license suspended from Nov. 12, 2019 to Nov. 12, 2020, fined $1,325, assessed $270 court costs. Operator’s license destroyed. No driving privileges granted if operator’s license is suspended for some other reason. A hit-skip violation was dismissed.

• Jonah Reed, 21, of Wilmington, O.V.I., sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended), operator’s license suspended from Nov. 12, 2019 to Nov. 20, 2019, fined $1,075, assessed $135 court costs. Reed must take part in supervised probation, get an ORAS assessment, complete a three-day residential driver intervention program, and must not consume alcohol/drugs of abuse while on probation. If compliant, the court will suspend $375 of fine. Driving privileges granted effective Nov. 27, 2019. Operator’s license destroyed. A failure to control charge and a seat belt violation were dismissed.

• Oceana Stein, 29, of Blanchester, O.V.I., sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended), operator’s license suspended from Nov. 13, 2019 to Nov. 13, 2020, fined $1,075, assessed $135 court costs. Stein must take part in supervised probation, get an ORAS assessment, complete a three-day residential driver intervention program, and must not consume alcohol/drugs of abuse while on probation. If compliant the court will suspend $375 of fine. Driving privileges granted effective Nov. 27, 2019. Operator’s license destroyed. A drug possession charge and a tag/sticker violation were dismissed.

• Sarah Hale, 25, of Blanchester, O.V.I., sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended), operator’s license suspended from Nov. 18, 2019 to Nov. 18, 2020, fined $1,075, assessed $135 court costs. Hale must take part in supervised probation, get an ORAS assessment, complete a three-day residential driver intervention program, and must not consume alcohol/drugs of abuse while on probation. If compliant, the court will suspend $375 of fine. Operator’s license destroyed. Driving privileges granted effective Nov. 27, 2019. ALS vacated. A failure to control charge was dismissed.

• Kevin Alredge Jr., 32, of Wilmington, criminal damages, sentenced to 120 days in jail (30 days suspended), fined $750, assessed $135 court costs. Alredge must not have contact with the victim and pay $340 in restitution. A second domestic violence charge was dismissed.

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By John Hamilton

jhamilton@wnewsj.com