EL man sentenced to prison following attempted robbery

LISBON – An East Liverpool man accused of attempting to rob a Dresden Avenue drive-through clerk at knifepoint last August was sentenced by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike to three years in prison on Monday morning.

Joshua Martin, 22, Trentvale Street, was charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of forgery.

The aggravated robbery charge came from Aug. 14, 2013 when he went to Gilkinson’s Drive-Thru while wearing all black and carrying a large knife and black bag. He then brandished the knife and demanded money from the clerk, who told him no and chased him from the business.

Minutes later East Liverpool police reportedly found Martin walking along Trentvale Street and he at first refused to stop, then gave police a fake name to attempt to conceal his identity. Video footage from the business reportedly confirmed to police that Martin was responsible for the attempted robbery, along with his own words admitting, “I did something stupid tonight.”

In addition to the aggravated robbery charge, Martin’s charges stemmed from having two checks from the account of Stanton Brown, which he forged and cashed at PNC Bank on June 22, 2012 and July 2, 2012.

In another matter before Pike on Monday, Rebecca Watkins, 35, Eley Street, Alliance, pleaded guilty to theft and was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction. According to Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones, Watkins took pills belonging to the Salem Care Center and placed them in her own vehicle. She was placed on probation.