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Not guilty plea in fatal drug OD

Briscar in jail on $500,000 bond

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: July 1, 2017 4:00 AM
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A Mantua Township man pleaded not guilty Friday to accusations he tampered with evidence of a fatal drug overdose in Streetsboro more than two months ago.

In the meantime, 23-year-old Dylan J. Briscar remains in the Portage County jail on $500,000 cash bond, charged with moving evidence related to a 20-year-old Ravenna Township woman's fatal drug overdose in a Streetsboro hotel on April 10.

Briscar, represented by attorney Patricia Smith, appeared Friday morning shackled, chained and in a jail jumpsuit in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Smith entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf to a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Judge Becky Doherty set bond at the same amount as Municipal Court Judge Barb Oswick did at his initial court appearance Tuesday -- five times the $100,000 cash bond Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Sean Scahill said his office requested, based on Briscar's criminal record.

In the event Briscar raises the half-million dollar cash or surety bond, Doherty ordered him to be placed on a GPS monitor and submit to random drug screens. She scheduled a jury trial to begin Sept. 6.

Briscar was arrested Monday afternoon after two months on the run from a Streetsboro police and Portage County Drug Task Force investigation in which they determined he allegedly moved items related to the overdose victim's death and concealed them in a cabinet at the hotel on S.R. 14.

A felon with a prior conviction for burglary in 2015, Briscar also faces a probation revocation hearing in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom at 9 a.m. July 7, according to court records. He could receive up to 18 months in prison if Pittman finds he violated his probation in that case.

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