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Grand jury issues 45 indictments

Published 10:12am Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Kitts Hill man arrested earlier this year in connection with a child pornography investigation was indicted last week by a Lawrence County grand jury. Most of the rest of the 45 indictments handed down were drug related.

James E. Terry, 23, of 2530 County Road 5, Kitts Hill, was indicted on one count of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

Terry was arrested in February by Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies after that agency was alerted that someone was using the wireless Internet service at Ohio University Southern to download child pornography.

A number of people arrested last week in a three-house drug bust, as well as two men caught using Federal Express to ship marijuana, were also indicted.

Christopher Adkins, 23, 2430 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was charged with two counts of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of corrupting another with drugs.

James Fugate, 48, 2430 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of trafficking in drugs, complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs.

Loretta Thompson, 50, also of 2430 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was indicted on six counts of permitting drug abuse. Her daughter, Stacy Thompson, 32, who also lives at 2430 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was indicted on charges of endangering children and complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Alan L. Combs, 29, 719 Vine St., Ironton, faces four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of tampering with evidence and endangering children.

His wife, Shirley J. Combs, 41, of the same address, now faces five counts of permitting drug abuse and one count of endangering children.

Ronald F. McSorley, who lives in the same house as the Combses was indicted on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Paul D. Lewis, Jr., 27, Ironton 2523 S. Third St., Ironton, one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and tampering with evidence while Emily A. Gipson, 24, of the same address, was indicted on one count each of endangering children and tampering with evidence.

Danial Cox, 23 2308 S. Ninth St., Ironton, was indicted on three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs while his wife, Dana Cox, 25, was indicted on one count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Also indicted: Thurman Harshbarger III, 31, of 64 Township Road 181, Ironton, who was indicted on one count each of trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana and his alleged cohort, Charles O. Newcomb, 37, also of 64 County Road 181, Ironton, who was charged with one count each of trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana as well as one count of tampering with evidence.

Both men were arrested last week after local authorities were alerted that a shipment being sent by Federal Express was thought to contain illegal drugs. Both were arrested after allegedly picking up the shipment from an Ironton residence.

The grand jury returned 45 indictments when it met Thursday and Friday, according to information from the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. Of the 45, 15 were secret indictments for either criminal non-support or for drug offenses. Others indicted were:

— Stephen E. Branch, 18, 630 County Road 60, South Point, attempt to commit burglary.

— Ivan P. Popov, 26, 2618 S. 13th St., Ironton, one count each of domestic violence, felonious assault and kidnapping.

— Paul E. Sizemore, 50, 31 Township Road 1377, South Point, felonious assault.

— Rose F. Wilson, 54, 807 N. Fifth St., Ironton, burglary.

— Floyd C. McCann, 51, 38 Township Road 203 W, Ironton, felonious assault with a firearm specification (McCann was indicted previously in connection with the shooting and injury of neighbor Mark Robinson but at that time the firearm specification was omitted from the indictment.)

—Paul D. Adkins, 34, Toledo, receiving stolen property.

— Steven R. Barker, 21, 111 Garden Court, South Point, burglary.

— Brandon T. Keeney, 28, Kenova, W.Va., one count each of grand theft and forgery.

— Christopher L. Morrison, 49, 96 Private Drive 63, Ironton, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of breaking and entering and vandalism.

— Christina D. Nease, 29, 54 Township Road 1195, South Point, two counts of felony possession of drugs and one count each of misdemeanor possession of drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.

— Matthew L. Pennington, 39, 8424 County Road 1, South Point, one count each of burglary and theft.

— Kevin L. Robinson, 40, 22 Township Road 1047, Chesapeake, one felony count of trafficking in drugs and one misdemeanor count of falsification.

— Danny J. Sellards 27, 105 Fitzpatrick St., South Point, grand theft.

— Carl F. Nance, 32, 157 Township Road 1425, South Point, one count each of theft and failure to provide change of address to authorities

— Donny R. Jones, 29, 313 Second Ave., Chesapeake, one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, theft and aggravated trafficking in drugs.

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