Former Timberlanes owner sentenced

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The former owner of the Timberlanes restaurant was placed on home detention for eight months after she was criminally charged with failing to pay more than $200,000 in back employment taxes.

Melissa Snively-Pallard, 33, of New Springfield, was also placed on three years probation Friday at her sentencing hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan in Cleveland on charges of failing to pay employee taxes.

Snively-Pallard already paid back $188,000 in federal income FICA taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks in 2006 and 2007. She still has $46,464 left to pay, not including interest and penalties.

Pallard closed Timberlanes, the landmark Salem restaurant, in 2009. The building was sold in July 2012 to businessman Brooke Pidgeon.

Court filings say Pallard was given the Timberlanes business from her father and uncle in 2005, when she was 21 years old.

Her attorney, Cleveland attorney Bret Jones, wrote in a sentencing memorandum, Pallard was too immature to handle the business. She resigned from her position as president in 2008. Jones wrote Pallard suffers from anxiety and depression because of the criminal case.

“Mrs. Pallard made mistakes and bad decisions during her time as the president of the corporation,” the filing says, adding, “Mrs. Pallard’s inability to properly run the corporation resulted in the hotel being placed into a receivership and she lost the business.”

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