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City drug dealer sent to prison; county man sentenced for sixth OVI

Matthew ParmerFour defendants were sentenced and one pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor earlier this week.

Matthew Parmer, 44, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for trafficking in drugs.

In May, the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force arrested Parmer on felony drug charges near Northeastern Elementary.

Parmer and Sandra Beach, 25, of 4000 Alpine Parkway, Lot T2, Zanesfield, were arrested following a drug transaction in the parking lot at 350 North Hayes Street. 

As detectives approached the suspects' vehicle, Parmer shoved something into his mouth.

Initially, Parmer denied swallowing any drugs.

Parmer and Beach were both arrested and transported to the Logan County Jail.

Prior to being transported, Beach admitted to having a bottle of clean urine in her bra. Beach said the urine was for drug court from her previous drug trafficking charges.

A hypodermic needle and burnt spoon were found in the center console of the vehicle.

Two more hypodermic needles were located in Parmer's underwear at the jail.

Parmer later informed corrections officers that he swallowed 15 aspirin and needed to go to the hospital before he died.

After Parmer was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital, he admitted that he swallowed heroin wrapped in foil. When asked how many units of heroin, Parmer answered "a bunch."

Parmer was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, and tampering with evidence.

Beach was charged with trafficking heroin.

In November, Parmer pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs.

Wesley Oakley, 24, of Lakeview, was sentenced to 60 days in the Logan County Jail, three years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for attempted felonious assault.

Troy CrabtreeTroy Crabtree, 51, of Lakeview, was sentenced to 60 days in the Logan County Jail, three years community control, and ordered to pay a $1,350 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Crabtree, who has five prior OVI convictions, was arrested following a traffic stop in downtown Bellefontaine March 24th around 2:30 a.m.

The Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol stopped Crabtree at the intersection of Madriver Street and Columbus Avenue and charged him with felony OVI.

It's Crabtree's second OVI in the last six years.

In August, he was indicted on single counts of OVI (F4), OVI (Specification), and OVI (M1).

James Dixon, 35, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to three years community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for non-support of dependents.

Christina Cox, 29, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to theft from the elderly and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

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