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Drunk driver sentenced to jail for passenger’s injuries

A Ridgeway man was sentenced Monday to local jail time by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor as a result of a January drunk driving crash involving a tractor-trailer.

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George Taylor, 42, of Ridgeway, was sentenced to 90 days in the Logan County Jail, five years’ community control, a two-year driver’s license suspension, a $500 fine and court costs for aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony.

Mr. Taylor was southbound on State Route 235 just north of State Route 47 on Jan. 9 when he traveled left of center and was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer operated by Lester Diehl, 55, of DeGraff.

The semi struck the right side of Mr. Taylor’s vehicle, according to crash reports. Maria Jones, 35, of Huntsville, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken by MedFlight to the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus with incapacitating injuries.

Ms. Jones sustained a broken pelvis among numerous other fractures as a result of the crash, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said.

This is the defendant’s first felony conviction. He has a drunk driving conviction in 2009.

The court ordered substance abuse counseling and treatment as part of the defendant’s community control.

Mr. Taylor has one day jail credit. He will report Friday following a furlough.

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Drug trafficking lands defendant in local jail

Gregory Gorham, 61, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, three years’ community control, a one-year license suspension and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, attorney fees and court cost for trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

This latest felony drug trafficking charge marks the defendant’s eighth such conviction in Logan County since 1988. He incurred felony trafficking charges in 2008, 2009, 2010.

“I’m not saying if it’s true or not, but you have a reputation in this community for being a drug dealer,” Judge O’Connor said.

He was given 26 days of jail-time credit. The court granted the defendant a furlough. He must report at 8 a.m. Friday to serve his jail sentence.

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Prison sentence for jail escapee

Norro Perdue, 40, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to nine months in prison for escape, a third-degree felony.

The defendant did not return to jail following a work release June 1.

He was originally jailed for contempt of court for failing to keep current with child support payments.

“The court does everything possible to make sure people before the court for child support can keep up with their payments and that includes work release,” Judge O’Connor said. “But you thumbed your nose at the furlough.”

The defendant has 129 days of jail credit.

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