(04/28/2019)
By David Hedges Publisher
The Times Record

A woman who intentionally flooded her apartment after she was evicted was sent to prison this week after she was kicked out of a drug treatment program.

Heather Dawn Starcher, 30, of Orma was living in a second floor apartment on Main Street in Spencer when she was evicted. As she was moving out, police said she stopped up a sink and left the water running, which led to more than $12,000 in damages to the first floor of the building.

In February, after she pled guilty to a felony destruction of property charge, Roane Circuit Judge Craig Tatterson placed her on five years probation and ordered her to pay restitution to the landlord and his insurance company.

She was accepted into an inpatient drug treatment program but tossed out for using alcohol, a violation of her probation.

She returned to court Tuesday when Tatterson revoked her probation and sentenced her to 1-to-3 years in prison.

She also was in court for arraignment on a recent indictment charging her with possession of a controlled substance by an inmate.

Starcher was indicted in March on three felony charges alleging she had meth, codeine and Klonopin at the Central Regional Jail in October. Timothy Lee Tallhammer, 39, of Walton was indicted on three charges of delivery of a controlled substance to an inmate for the same incident. Each entered not guilty pleas and Tatterson set their trials for July 30.


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