Hanging Rock burglar headed to prison

Published 10:23 pm Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Hanging Rock man accused of burgling neighbors admitted his misdeeds Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Michael D. Chatfield, 26, of 150 Daniels Drive, Hanging Rock, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony tampering with evidence. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to a total of 18 months in prison.

“I believe this is in the best interest of justice,” Chatfield’s attorney, warren Morford, said. “My client was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he committed these offenses. He has realized just what stupid acts these were and he is remorseful for what he did. He would like to get this put behind him.”

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Chatfield is accused of stealing a laptop from one neighbor, a jewelry box and cash from another, seven bottles of liquor from Hop’s Carryout in Hanging Rock and other items from yet another victim.

Also Wednesday, Crawford W. Madden, 33, of Garrison, Ky., pleaded guilty on a bill of information to two counts of attempt to commit grand theft and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. A 180-day jail sentence was suspended.

Madden must also pay $221 in restitution to his victim. Madden was accused of trying to steal two guns and of using a 1999 Hyundai Elantra without the permission of the owner.

James Grubb, 28, of Kenova, W.Va., pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal non support. In exchange for his guilty plea to the felony charge, one misdemeanor count of non support was dismissed.

“Part of the terms of this is that $1,000 is paid within 30 days and that Mr. Grubb make regular monthly payments to be determined by Child Support Enforcement,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson told Bowling.

Grubb owes roughly $12,000 for the care of one child. Grubb’s attorney, Tyler Smith, said these terms should not be a problem.

John R. Lindbeck, 66, of 503 Third St., South Point, was granted judicial release from prison provided he agree to remain in the care of Pine View Manor, a residential facility in Beaver, Ohio, not leave the facility without the consent of the Lawrence County Adult Probation Agency and abstain from drug and alcohol use.

Lindbeck was arrested last year on a domestic violence charge and later pleaded guilty to it. He was given probation. But while he was on probation he was caught using alcohol and sent to prison.

“I think you’d be a likeable individual when you’re not on the bottle,” Bowling told Lindbeck.

“He may be likeable even then (when he is drinking) but he doesn’t do the right things,” Lindbeck’s attorney, Philip Heald said.