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Three local men sentenced to prison

Five defendants were sentenced and two pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O'Connor earlier this week.

Kevin Duncan (pictured), 30, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery.

Duncan was sentenced to an additional 22 months in prison for violating his post release control.

He was found guilty of robbery by a jury on October 3rd.

In March, Duncan was arrested on multiple drug charges following a foot pursuit near his 500 Gunntown, Apt. A5, residence.

Initially, he was wanted on warrants from the Logan County Sheriff's Office for robbery and trafficking crack cocaine.

An officer with the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force was running surveillance trying to locate Duncan.

The officer saw Duncan place some items in a Honda Civic.

After the officer identified himself, Duncan started emptying his pockets and fled towards Wal-Mart.

A foot pursuit ensued and Duncan was taken into custody near the rear of the store.

While running, Duncan discarded crack cocaine and an unknown white substance.

Duncan's girlfriend, Megan Savage, 21, gave authorities consent to search her Honda Civic and the apartment.

Nothing was found in the car, but police recovered multiple items in the apartment.

Officers found 12.6 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 10 grams of an unknown white substance, 33 capsules of an unknown white substance, and digital scales.

Duncan was arrested on the warrants and charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The girlfriend was not charged.

Preston Adkins (pictured), 34, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to three years in prison for robbery.

In July, Adkins entered Moore's Cafe, 111 South Detroit Street, brandished a handgun, and ordered an employee to remove money from the register around 9:30 a.m.

The employee, Bonnie Sharp, complied. Adkins reportedly took an undisclosed amount of cash, then grabbed Sharp's car keys on the bar and fled in her vehicle.

Police recovered the vehicle shortly afterwards at 304 Walnut Street.

Adkins called 911 from Walmart, 2281 South Main Street, the next morning around 12:30 and turned himself in. He was arrested without incident and charged with aggravated robbery.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Curtis King (pictured), 30, of Lakeview, was sentenced to three years in prison for felonious assault.

Last December, King and Cody Ratliff, 23, of Lakeview, were arrested shortly after assaulting and robbing an area teen of ten dollars at the Valero gas station, 12500 State Route 235 North, Lakeview.

King and Ratliff reportedly mugged Glen Burden, 17, of Lakeview.

Initially, the two men asked Burden for a ride.

After he declined, King and Ratliff allegedly assaulted the teen and took his wallet.

Burden’s mother contacted deputies while she was transporting him to the hospital. He suffered head and facial injuries.

Deputies along with the Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol searched the area.

Authorities saw a male run and enter a nearby van. Moments later, a second male entered the same van.

After the vehicle was stopped in the Holiday Shores area, King and Ratliff were taken into custody and charged with a felony count of aggravated robbery.

The Washington Township Police Department assisted with the traffic stop.

Some of the stolen items were recovered in the gas station parking lot.

Catherine Sine (pictured), 25, of Belle Center, was sentenced to 90 days in the Logan County Jail, five years community control, and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for obstructing justice.

In September, Sine pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for her role in helping the juvenile escapees in March.

In April, Sine was indicted on two counts of obstructing justice (F3) and one count of complicity to escape (F3).

Danny Ellis Jr., Caleb Jacobs, and Devante Smith escaped from the Logan County JDC on March 6th.

Sine admitted to driving Jacobs to Columbus following his escape.

Cynthia Outram, 21, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 21 days in jail, two years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for receiving stolen property.

Billy Garland, 58, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to theft.

Steven Akers, 20, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for November 12th.

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