Ironton man making progress in treatment

Published 9:39 am Thursday, June 4, 2015

An Ironton man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity last year will be released into less restrictive care at the recommendation of the mental facility where he was receiving treatment.

Roger Wallace, 52, of 409 Buckhorn St., was sentenced to treatment at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati in February 2014 after a mental evaluation confirmed the man was not competent to stand trial. He was arrested in November 2013 on charges of third-degree trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree possession of drugs and third-degree tampering with evidence. He was later charged with fifth-degree vandalism, and third-degree escape following an incident in which Wallace allegedly damaged a cruiser while being transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton.

On Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, an updated evaluation from Summit recommended Wallace be placed on conditional release.

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Conditional release means the man would still be under the supervision of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, but he no longer needs to be hospitalized.

The recommendation from Summit suggested Wallace be placed at the James K. Marsh House in Portsmouth, which is a residential counseling center.

If he fails to follow the rules of the program or those set by the department of mental health, he could be sent back to Summit.

In other cases:

Jason Collier, 30, of 48 Private Drive 2600, Chesapeake, was arraigned on counts of fourth-degree theft of drugs and misdemeanor theft, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Judge Charles Cooper continued bond from a lower court and set a $5,000 own-recognizance bond. A pretrial was set for June 17.

Autumn Edwards, 29, of 31 Township Road 287, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of burglary, which was amended from a felony of the second-degree.

Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for June 17.

John Large, 36, of 26 Private Drive 1633 County Road 59, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bond was continued from a lower court and a $25,000 OR bond was added. A pretrial was set for June 17.

Clifford Stickler, 41, of 19 Private Drive 30 Lot 2, Chesapeake, was given a final offer of eight years in prison for two second-degree counts of burglary and a fifth-degree count of theft.

Stickler declined the offer and a trial was set for July 2. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison.

Cody Patrick, 27, of South Point, was sentenced to three years in prison for a third-degree count of intimidation, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Matthew McFarland, 22, of South Point, who was previously found incompetent to stand trial for a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, was recently deemed restored to competency according to an evaluation by Summit Behavioral Healthcare. The man’s attorney, Philip Heald, said he would seek a second evaluation.

Bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety and a pretrial was set for June 10.