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Production Of Meth Case Continued

The last of three defendants facing production of methamphetamine charges appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court this week for a preliminary hearing.

Dallas P. Clark, 35, of Peebles, was arrested on Aug. 13 following the execution of a search warrant. Also arrested were Kevin Colville, 26, and Amanda Campanaro, 32, both of Hillsboro.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Campanaro’s case was bound over to a grand jury. Colville’s case was dismissed per a bill of information in Highland County Common Pleas Court. He was later sentenced to four and a half years in prison on different methamphetamine charges.

On Wednesday, an agreement was unable to be reached in Clark’s case. The preliminary hearing was continued after the prosecution indicated that a sergeant involved in Clark’s case had suddenly been called out on duty.

Clark will appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 4.

In other cases, John M. Barger, 26, of Hillsboro, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will be bound over to a grand jury. Barger is charged with fifth-degree felony possession of methamphetamine.

Defense attorney J. Allyce Horne requested that Barger be released on an own recognizance (OR) bond.

Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said that prior to his felony arrest, a warrant had been issued for Barger after he had failed to report to the probation department on a theft conviction.

“Since we already had problems before the new charge, I’ll set this down for a probation review,” McKenna said. For that same reason, the judge added, Barger’s bond will remain the same at $50,000.

His case was scheduled for a probation violation hearing on Sept. 29.

Also on Thursday, William Stern, 37, of Winchester, pled guilty to second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.

McKenna said Stern also had an active warrant for his arrest in Kentucky. Stern said his charges there involved a felony for heroin and a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).

When asked if he was enrolled in substance abuse counseling, Stern said he had not been able to do so because he had been incarcerated.

He added that once he is released he will be “heavily involved” in counseling.

Sixty-nine days of a 90-day jail sentence were suspended. Stern will be given credit for 21 days in jail. Additionally, his license was suspended for six months. Stern will be on reporting probation for two years. He was also ordered to obtain counseling and complete it by Jan. 26, 2015.

A review hearing for his case was scheduled for Nov. 10.

Krystal D. Jones, 27, of Hillsboro, will have to serve 45 days in jail after testing positive for methamphetamine.

Jones told the court that she had recently snorted a pill, but that she had not known it was meth. She added that, to her knowledge, she had not taken meth in two weeks.

Jones was previously convicted in May for receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor. At that time, 80 days of a 90-day jail sentence were suspended.

Jones had also been ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and to observe an 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew until both that and a theft class were completed. Additionally, Jones was ordered to pay restitution.

On Thursday, the judge said Jones’ 45-day sentence had begun the previous day when she was arrested. He added that her case was subject to resentencing.

When Jones is released, she is to immediately enroll in substance abuse counseling. Additionally, her probation was extended for one year.

Jones’ case was scheduled for a review hearing on Dec. 15.

Brandy Knauff, 35, of Hillsboro, was arraigned on multiple charges.

She pled not guilty to first-degree misdemeanors of driving under suspension and fictitious registration; second-degree misdemeanor attempted purchase of nine or more grams of pseudoephedrine within 30 days; and minor misdemeanors of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and a tag/sticker violation.

According to affidavits filed with the court, law enforcement learned through the NPLEX system that Knauff had been blocked from purchasing pseudoephedrine at Walmart in February.

Then, on Aug. 27, Knauff was pulled over for an expired registration sticker. At that time, the officer determined that the registered plates did not match the description of the vehicle she was driving. She also could not provide a license to the officer. The officer then found a small bag containing marijuana, as well as a glass pipe, in Knauff’s purse.

On Thursday, Knauff was ordered to have no contact with Walmart and observe an 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew while her case is pending. She was placed on a 1,000 bond.

A pretrial for Knauff’s case was scheduled for Sept. 19.