Sen. Brown makes stops in Harrison

STEUBENVILLE – John M. Boyd, 51, of 991 Wylie Ridge Road, New Cumberland, a former pharmacist at Kmart in Steubenville, pleaded guilty Monday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to drug charges and was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction.

Boyd pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance, 11 counts of theft of drugs and three counts of tampering with records.

Boyd was indicted by the county grand jury in January after an investigation by the state pharmacy board. Boyd was charged with taking and using drugs from the pharmacy during a two-year period beginning in June 2011.

Bruzzese told Boyd if he stays drug free for two years, the charges against him will be dismissed. If not, Boyd could be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Boyd’s defense attorneys argued that Boyd’s drug usage was a factor leading to the charges.

Boyd completed an outpatient drug rehabilitation program at a facility outside Pittsburgh in September. The facility reported Boyd showed no evidence of relapse through random drug screenings. The facility also reported Boyd since his discharge has continue to follow through with continuing care recommended by a therapist.

Boyd still is employed as a pharmacist in West Virginia.

Also Raymond L. Swickard, 23, of 11316 county Road 56, Richmond, was sentenced by Bruzzese on Monday to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for a probation violation.

Swickard was placed on two years of probation on Jan. 6 after he pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and single counts of burglary and possession of criminal tools for stealing catalytic converters from two Wintersville car lots in August and September and burglary of a home in August on county Road 56, Richmond.

Toronto Police arrested Swickard for operating a vehicle under the influence on Feb. 21.

The county probation department then asked for a probation violation against Swickard.