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Woman convicted on forgery charge

From staff reports

Sherry Mills, 50, of 1250 31st St., Parkersburg, was sentenced to 30 days jail and one year of community control for a conviction of forgery, a fifth-degree felony, Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Mills took a copy of a check she received for direct deposit in April 2016 and attempted to pay rent with the forgery. The theft wasn’t more than $1,000, but because the landlord was elderly, it became a felony.

Mills was also awarded one day credit for time served prior to sentencing.

Man sentenced

on 2 charges

Abele Fissha, 23, of 1688 Elaine Road, Columbus, was sentenced to 150 days in jail for two convictions on Thursday.

Fissha received 90 days for illegal processing of drug documents, a fifth-degree felony, and 60 days for a separate failure to appear charge, a fourth-degree felony.

Fissha was arrested in June 2016 after attempting to fill a 30-day prescription of promethazine-codeine at three different pharmacies in Marietta.

The Marietta Times previously reported after Fissha’s first indictment that the prescription was for an elderly woman, which raised red flags with the pharmacists, the physician identification number was not present and when the pharmacists called the supposed physician’s number, after normal doctor hours, a person answered with suspicious noises in the background.

Promethazine-codeine is a commonly abused substance watched by pharmacists because it is commonly mixed with vodka in a concoction known as juice, drank or purple.

Fissha was also awarded for 134 days of credit for time served prior to sentencing.