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Woman sentenced in drug case

Kyleigh Rymer explains her medical issues to the court Wednesday afternoon at the Washington County Courthouse. (Photo by Michel Newbanks)

A Cottageville, W.Va., woman cried and was visibly nervous as she was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years community service Wednesday afternoon.

Kyleigh Danielle Rymer, 29, was arrested in June as part of one of the largest drug seizures in Washington County history. She pleaded guilty in August to tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Monroe Noble Major Crimes Task Force executed search warrants for drug trafficking, which resulted in the arrest of seven local people. During the search, 4.5 kilos of a fentanyl/heroin mix, $40,000 in cash and several handguns were found.

During the search, Rymer tried to flee out the back door of the apartment rented by Andrew Robert Johnston, 41, of 1572 Elizabeth St. Apt. C, Belpre. She was stopped and secured, when police found her trying to conceal 0.49 grams of suspected heroin and $1,250 in cash.

She was indicted on three charges, including one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Forfeited during Wednesday’s sentencing was $650 in cash.

Rymer’s attorney, Chandra Ontko, said Hope for Tomorrow had a bed available and her client hoped to be in rehab a minimum of three months. She asked for rehab instead of a jail sentence for her client.

Rymer said she had health issues and that her body was septic.

“Your body is septic right now?” asked Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi.

“Yes,” she replied. She added there was an infection in her heart and there was medical staff at the rehab facility that would treat her. She said she was taking an antibiotic she received during a visit to the emergency room.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani said the Washington County Jail had medical staff. He added he didn’t know anything about her medical issues.

“This is the first time we’re hearing about this now,” he said.

Kerenyi said as part of her community control, Rymer would not be able to go home to Jackson County until she got a travel pass from the Adult Parole Authority.

Rymer was one of seven arrested during the drug seizure.

Steven Allen Siegel, 31, of 1 1/2 Eighth St., Belpre, was sentenced to six months in prison in July. He was indicted on three charges, including one count of possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Subject to forfeiture are $2,801 in cash and a stolen West Virginia license plate.

Tytus Lamarr Shields, 31, of 1572 Elizabeth St., Apt. A, Belpre, is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Oct. 21. He was indicted on 10 charges, including two counts of trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies; one count of possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; three counts of having weapons while under disability, all third-degree felonies; and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. He was specified as a major drug offender. A BMW, Ford Mustang, a Springfield XD 45 handgun, a 25 Taurus Pt 25 automatic, a Springfield XD 9mm handgun and $18,587 in cash are subject to forfeit.

Andrew Robert Johnston, 41, of 1572 Elizabeth St., Apt. C, Belpre, has a jury trial scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 4. He was indicted on five charges, including one count of trafficking in heroin, one count of possession of heroin, one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, all first-degree felonies; and one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony. He was specified as a major drug offender and $5,086 in cash is subject to forfeit.

Kelci Leann Wise, 19, of 1572 Elizabeth St. Apt. C, Belpre, is awaiting a court date. She was indicted on five charges, including one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony; and one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony. Subject to forfeiture is $1,083 in cash, and she is specified as a major drug offender.

Timothy Edwin Payne Jr., 39, of 949 Lancaster St., Marietta, has a jury trial scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 3 through 5. He was indicted on 12 charges, including one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fourth-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; one count of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor; three counts of having weapons while under disability, all third-degree felonies; and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. He is specified as a major drug offender. Subject to forfeit are $10,755 in cash, all funds in three Chase Bank accounts, a Cobra Model CB22M .22 caliber derringer, a Masterpiece Arms 9mm Uzi-style firearm and a stolen Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun. He was not to have weapons, as he was convicted of the felony offense distribution of a cocaine base on Sept. 3, 2002.

Haley Noel Hull, 25, of 949 Lancaster St., Marietta, has a jury trial scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 3 through 5. She was indicted on nine charges, including one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a first-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fourth-degree felony; one count of receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; one count of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

She was specified a major drug offender. Subject to forfeit are $10,755 in cash, and all funds in two accounts at Chase Bank. She and Payne were charged with endangering children as their infant child was present at their residence during the search.

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