Aggravated vehicular homicide case moves forward

Published 10:21 am Friday, March 22, 2013

A Pedro man is now competent to stand trial in an aggravated vehicular homicide case following treatment at Appalachian Behavior Healthcare in Athens.

A new mental evaluation of Nathan Bloomfield, 27, of 12246 State Route 93, was accepted Wednesday by Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper.

The evaluation stated Bloomfield had been restored to competency after more than a month at the Athens facility.

Bloomfield suffered brain injuries from a car accident in late June 2012 when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree, which killed the passenger of the car.

Cooper scheduled a pretrial for April 3 and set bond at $100,000 own-recognizance plus GPS monitoring and home confinement.

Bloomfield is accused of driving a 1995 Ford Mustang without an operator’s license and with a blood alcohol level of .14. The accident occurred near the 12-mile marker on State Route 93 in Elizabeth Township.

Bloomfield and his passenger, John R. Markel, 62, also of Pedro, were ejected from the car. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said at the time neither man was wearing a seat belt.

Markel was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner’s office. Bloomfield was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

In other cases:

• Jeffrey Sammons II, 31, of 217B Township Road 1430, South Point, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering, six in Cooper’s court and four in Judge D. Scott Bowling’s court.

All the charges result from Sammons breaking into separate storage units, Mike Gleichauf, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney said.

Sammons was sentenced to 11 months in prison for each count, three to be served consecutively for a total of 33 months in prison.

He was also ordered to pay restitution to several victims in the amounts of $600, $31,000, $3,600, $390, $5,122 and $410.

In Feburary Sammons also pleaded guilty to fifth-degree breaking and entering at Jerry’s Pay Lake. Bowling sentenced the man to 11 months in prison and $890 in restitution.

• Tammy Devaney, 44, of Ashland, Ky., admitted to community control sanctions violation and was sentenced to 157 days in prison.