A former radio host and newspaper columnist who was arrested with drugs and a loaded handgun last year was granted intervention instead of a felony conviction Wednesday.
Troy Neff, 46, of Curtice, Ohio, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and carrying a concealed weapon, but Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gary Cook withheld a finding on his pleas and placed him on probation for two years.
During that time, Mr. Neff is to follow a treatment plan prepared by the Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center, attend Alcoholics Anonymous, be screened for and complete a substance abuse program, and maintain full-time employment.
Judge Cook dismissed a charge of trafficking in drugs. He told Mr. Neff that if he successfully completes the court’s requirements, his record will be sealed. If he does not, he could face up to three years in prison.
Mr. Neff admitted in court that he had “a generic version of Vicodin” with him but did not have a prescription for the painkiller and that he had a loaded 38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun when he was stopped Aug. 4, 2013, by Toledo police in the 900 block of Forsythe Street.
In 2008, Mr. Neff’s show on WCWA-AM and Toledo Free Press column were canceled after he was stabbed during a road-rage altercation in Perrysburg Township. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct for his part in that incident.