Auroran is among five sentenced in pot case

by DAVE O'BRIEN RECORD-COURIER REPORTER REPORTER Published:

Five former residents of Atwater Township caught with a large marijuana growing operation in their Industry Road home in July 2013 have been sentenced to probation terms, fined thousands of dollars and ordered to forfeit property to Portage County authorities.

Eden E. Masch, 20, now of 319 Aurora-Hudson Road, Aurora; Kathryn Apenzeller, 49, and Zachary D. Apenzeller, 21, now of Uniontown; Johnathan M. Apenzeller, 18, of 4541 Waterloo Road and Lisa Vue, 20, of 5191 Waterloo Road, both Randolph, all pleaded guilty to felony charges related to a Portage County Drug Task Force raid on July 30, 2013.

Masch was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with work release and school privileges, five years probation and a mental health evaluation. She was ordered to pay $5,220 in mandatory drug fines and court costs, have no contact with her co-defendants and find a full-time job or go to school full-time during her probation.

Zachary and Johnanthan Apenzeller and Masch all pleaded guilty to one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana, all third-degree felonies.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced Zachary Apenzeller to 100 days in the Portage County Jail, with work privileges and credit for 83 days already served.

HE WAS ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation, keep a full-time job, serve five years probation and pay a fine of $5,221.

Johnathan Apenzeller also was sentenced to 100 days in jail, with work privileges and credit for 79 days already served, along with five years probation and pay $5,217 in fines.

Vue pleaded guilty to child endangering. A report regarding the safety and welfare of her child, then 9 months old, led to the initial raid. Pittman sentenced Vue to five years probation, fined her $5,227 and ordered her to get a full-time job within six months and continue to follow a Portage County Job & Family Services case plan regarding the care of her child.

Pittman sentenced Kathryn Apenzeller to five years probation and ordered her to pay $762 in fines and court costs. She had pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse.

Drug task force agents seized 95 marijuana plants, hallucinogenic mushrooms, MDMA aka "ecstasy," cocaine, four types of psychedelic drugs including LSD, marijuana growing equipment and a digital scale during the raid.

All five defendants forfeited any interest in $18,616 in illegal drug profits seized by the drug task force during the raid. Also forfeited were a 1993 Honda motorcycle, pit bike, Yamaha dirt bike and ATV, 1977 Volkswagen van, .380-caliber handgun and .22-caliber rifle, according to Pittman.

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