By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A North Webster woman received a local sentence for three criminal cases.
In the first case, Roxanne Marie Ratliff, 41, 7232 E. 650N, North Webster, was charged with making a false sales document, a level 6 felony; and possession of a controlled substance and theft, both class A misdemeanors. She was sentenced for possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony, in a second case.
Ratliff’s one-year probation in a misdemeanor theft case was also revoked in court. For the misdemeanor, Ratliff was sentenced in October 2020 and a petition for probation violation was filed in January 2021.
Seven additional charges and a misdemeanor criminal trespass case were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Ratliff was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, May 2.
On Nov. 25, 2020, a Warsaw Police officer went to Walmart regarding UPC codes being switched on merchandise. Upon arrival, the officer was shown video surveillance of a woman, later identified as Ratliff, switching UPC codes to under-ring merchandise at a self-checkout register. Ratliff was then detained by the store’s asset protection department.
According to court documents, while searching Ratliff’s purse, the officer found several items that Ratliff didn’t pay for. The officer also found a prescription bottle containing a mixture of several different pills, some of which were identified as hydrocodone and Xanax. Ratliff said the pills were prescribed to her but that she didn’t have the bottles for them.
Several grocery items were also found in Ratliff’s coat pockets.
At the time of this incident, Ratliff banned from Walmart for a prior theft.
On Jan. 28, 2021, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputy received information from the county’s probation department about an active warrant for Ratliff regarding her probation violation. Officers went to Ratliff’s home and were given consent to enter.
When asked if there were illegal drugs inside the home, Ratliff said there was not and give officers permission to search the residence.
In a bedroom, officers found a plastic bag containing 1.3 grams of methamphetamine.
For making a false sales document and possession of methamphetamine, Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Ratliff to one year in the Kosciusko County Jail on each charge. Ratliff also received 183 days in KCJ for possession of a controlled substance and 182 days in KCJ for theft. All of the counts in Ratliff’s first case will be served consecutively to each other and all cases will be served consecutively.
Ratliff has 109 days of jail time credit, totaling 218 days with good time credit. Judge Reed said he had no objection to Ratliff serving her executed sentence through work release.
In total, including the probation violation, Ratliff received a four-year local sentence. With jail time credit, Ratliff has about three years and five months left to serve.