Rudolph set for trial

By Nikki Blankenship -

A West Portsmouth woman with connections to fugitive Tom Galloway may be facing additional charges after an attempted escape from Adams County, just after being scheduled for jury trial.

Jeanne Rudolph, of 547 6th St., West Portsmouth, was originally indicted in Adams County on felony two charges of aggravated drug possession. Rudolph was indicted along with Galloway, who was charged with a felony five aggravated possession, two felony three charges of having a weapon under disability, a felony two charge of aggravated trafficking and a felony two charge of aggravated possession of drugs. Galloway plead down to a possession charge and is facing 12 years for charges in Adams and Scioto County. However, Galloway ran before reporting to Scioto County to be transported to prison.

Following Rudolph’s indictment, a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was finally placed in custody Dec. 16, 2016. On Dec. 27, Rudolph bonded out on her own recognizance so long as she report for drug screenings. By Jan. 31, Rudolph had failed to report for drug screenings; thus, her bond was revoked and reverted to a $75,000 cash surety bond.

On Feb. 26, Rudolph’s attorney Mike Mearan, who was also representing Galloway, withdrew as Rudolph’s lawyer. The court than appointed Sarah Shelton as defense attorney. She later withdrew herself as well. In March, after the court appointed Nick Ring to represent Rudolph, he entered a not guilty plea for the defendant.

Rudolph was finally arrested on warrant on June 30, five months after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She has a pretrial set for July 26. If an agreement is not made between prosecution and defense, the case will go to trial on August 21.

Adams County would not confirm or deny reports that Rudolph attempted to escape the Adams County Jail.

Galloway has remained at large since failing to report for execution of sentence in April.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.