Former treasurer sentenced

STEUBENVILLE — The former treasurer of a volunteer fire department accused of taking more than $270,000 was sentenced on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller.

Timothy L. Poludniak, 59, of 334 Medilla Ave., Tiltonsville, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and theft in office. Poludniak was the treasurer of the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department and was charged with taking $274,036 from the fire department between January 2010 and December 2016.

Miller sentenced Poludniak to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Poludniak repaid $60,000 and an insurance company paid $50,000 to the fire department. Poludniak will be responsible for repaying the remaining amount during his five years of probation. He faces two years in prison if he violates probation.

Kasandra L. Pelegreen, 25, of Hopedale pleaded guilty to stealing prescription pads as an employee of a local doctor. Pelegreen and a co-defendant were charged with selling the prescription pads, forging the prescriptions and giving them to someone else to fill, in exchange for drugs, or forging the documents and filling them themselves.

Pelegreen pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated possession of drugs and three counts of illegal processing of drug documents.

She was sentenced on Wednesday by Miller to nine months in prison.

Megan Buchanan, 33, of 403 Ohio St., Brilliant, was sentenced by Miller on Thursday to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after she pleaded guilty to two counts of identity theft. She was placed on three years of probation, but faces nine months in prison if she violates probation.

Travis R. Taylor, 42, of 1109 Gilchrist St., Brilliant, was sentenced by Miller on Thursday to six months in prison after Taylor pleaded guilty to felony domestic violence.

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