Cleveland man gets 5-year prison term

WARREN — A Cleveland man on Monday received a five-year prison term after being convicted of six felonies involving drugs and a gun.

Ralph Kareen Tidmore, 36, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos, who sentenced the defendant to consecutive terms as well as assessing one three-year mandatory term because a firearm was found during his arrest.

Tidmore, who was originally indicted in the spring on 10 felony counts, agreed to the guilty pleas after prosecutors opted to drop four of the felony charges. He pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, carrying concealed weapons, having weapons as a convicted felon and tampering with evidence. The drug charges each carried firearm specifications.

The plea deal set aside a jury trial that was scheduled Oct. 10 for Tidmore, court records show.

According to assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Charles Morrow, Tidmore was arrested Feb. 22 by Warren Police Department’s Street Crime Unit after he was spotted leaving a house that was under surveillance. After a short chase, the man was arrested and found with 16.3 grams of cocaine and 2.7 grams of heroin along with $530 in cash, Morrow said.

Police also found Tidmore in possession of a .40-caliber Glock 23 handgun, Morrow said.

Kontos noted that Tidmore had several felony convictions in Cuyahoga County within the last five years.