Piqua man to serve community control for selling Fentanyl

Van Atta sold caps filled with opiate causing man to overdose

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com

MIAMI COUNTY — In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Johnathan Van Atta, 45, of Piqua, to serve two years of community control for his role in the overdose of a Piqua man last April.

Van Atta entered a plea of guilty by a bill of information to one count of third degree corrupt another with drugs and one count of fifth degree felony aggravated drug trafficking of fentanyl. The third count of fifth degree possession of drugs merged with the trafficking count for sentencing purposes.

Van Atta’s attorney Patrick Flannagan said Van Atta was “a pretty good person” and it was his first felony offense and he’d be a good candidate for community control. Van Atta had no comment during the hearing.

As part of the plea agreement, state prosecutor Janna Parker remained silent during sentencing.

Judge Gee reserved 11 months in prison if Van Atta violates his terms of community control. Gee also ordered Van Atta to pay a mandatory $7,500 fine for the third degree charge, but later took Van Atta’s oath that he was indigent and waived the fine.

On April 10, Piqua Police Department responded to a drug overdose in the 100 block of Carr Street. The victim was revived by Narcan. After an investigation, the drugs were purchased from Van Atta. The victim thought it was heroin, but the substance was positive for Fentanyl.

In other news:

• Chase Martin, 19, of Trotwood, was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor following a Piqua Police Department investigation. The victim was a 16 year-old female whom Martin had a relationship with over a course of several months.

• Erin Herron, 51, of Tipp City, was charged with third degree felony failure to register or verify his address due to his sex offender status. A deputy was verifying Herron’s address in the 1100 block of Ginghamsburg Road, Tipp City, on June 8. The occupants stated Herron had moved around May 25. Herron responded to the SORN office at a later date and gave the same address, which the deputy had verified was not his address. Herron was convicted on two first-degree felony rape and one count of kidnapping charges in Montgomery County in 2005. Herron was arrested on July 25.

• John Eyrich, 23, of West Milton, was charged with two counts of fourth degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fifth degree felony trafficking drugs, child endangering, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a West Milton Police investigation.

On Tuesday, officers were informed an adult found inappropriate text messages on a cell phone of a 15-year-old female and Eyrich. At Eyrich’s apartment, officers found Eyrich had been smoking marijuana in the presence of a 2-year-old child. Marijuana and several smoking devices, including one water bong, was turned over to officials. Eyrich later admitted to a sexual relationship with the victim whom he met at McDonald’s. Eyrich confirmed two instances of sexual contact with the victim. Eyrich’s bond was set at $45,500 on all charges. He remains in custody at the Miami County Jail.

Van Atta sold caps filled with opiate causing man to overdose

By Melanie Yingst