Additional felony charges pending in Lawrence County

Last updated: May 13. 2014 6:04PM - 757 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A former Gallia County woman found guilty of drug possession by a jury in 2011 was recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County on probation violations following her arrest in Lawrence County last month.

Melissa D. Doss, 27, of Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to alleged community control violations on Monday and is reportedly facing additional felony charges in Lawrence County.

Doss was sentenced in Gallia County in February 2011 to four years of community control after she was found guilty of drug possession during a one-day jury trial in October 2010.

The defendant was charged with one count of third-degree felony drug possession after she was in the possession of nine Oxycontin tablets on Sept. 26, 2008. According to reports, troopers with the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a vehicle occupied by Doss and two other individuals on Ohio 160 near Bulaville Pike on the day in question after the driver of the vehicle failed to properly use the turn signal.

Upon contact with the occupants of the vehicle, it was discovered that Doss had a warrant out for her arrest. After she was secured by the officers, Doss admitted to possessing contraband and subsequently removed a container from inside her clothing that contained the Oxycontin tablets.

She was later indicted and found guilty of the charge.

Community control violations were originally filed in this case in January of this year after a warrant was issued for Doss’ arrest in October 2013; however, these probation violations were later dismissed by the court upon the request of the defendant’s probation officer.

A second warrant was issued for Doss’ arrest on April 29 of this year for alleged violations as she reportedly had law enforcement contact with authorities in Lawrence County.

Following the defendant’s arrest and transportation to Gallia County on May 3, new probation violations were filed stating that the defendant had been charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools in Lawrence County.

Reportedly, Doss was arrested in late April by a deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office who found her hiding in a kitchen cabinet in an unoccupied house that she did not have permission to be in.

In addition, following her arrest last month, Doss reportedly tested positive for opiates after a drug test was administered by officials in Lawrence County.

According to the Lawrence County Municipal Court online docket, Doss appeared for a preliminary hearing in this case on May 2 and it is expected that the charges in this case will be bound over to the Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for further prosecution.

During Doss’ arraigned hearing in Gallia County on Monday, her bond was set at $5,000 own recognizance with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent.

She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in this case on June 13 and a final hearing hearing will be held on July 16 in the common pleas courtroom.

Doss was later released from the Gallia County Jail.

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