Probation violations mean more jail time


By Kimberly Gasuras - [email protected]



BUCYRUS — A Bucyrus man is back in jail after being arrested on probation violations.

Joseph T. Lewis, 31, is accused of violating the terms of his probation by failing to report to his probation officer and testing positive for THC, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines during a recent drug test. A warrant was issued after county probation officer Eric Bohach said Lewis had not been seen since April by his supervising officer.

Lewis was placed on probation in March after pleading guilty to a theft charge. He was sentenced to five years of community control at that time.

Lewis pleaded guilty to theft and drug possession in March and received five years on community control.

Crawford County Common Pleas Judge Sean Leuthold set a $200,000 for Lewis, who is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center.

A Crestline woman pleaded guilty to one count of duty to register, a third-degree felony, but may not have to serve time in prison.

Melissa Lavene, 47, pleaded guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Lavene pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2007 and was required to register as a sex offender two times per year for 10 years. Lavene is accused of living with her boyfriend at one residence while listing her address at another residence.

Leuthold ordered a pre-sentence investigation and released Lavene on a personal recognizance bond after she has served 43 days at the Crawford County Justice Center. Her recommended sentence is five years of community control.

A 45-year-old Columbus woman was sentenced to five years of community control after pleading guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, in January. Leuthold ordered a pre-sentence investigation at that time and according to those findings, Cristina M. Ray was sentenced to five years of community control.

Leuthold also ordered to Ray to complete a drug and alcohol program, pay a fine of $1,250 and suspended her driver’s license for six months.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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