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Meth lab suspects head to grand jury

Published 12:56am Sunday, August 12, 2012

CHESAPEAKE — The cases against three people arrested earlier this month for operating a methamphetamine lab were all sent to the Lawrence County Grand Jury Friday afternoon.

Donald J. Workman, of 306 Little Solida Road, South Point; Janet Bess, of 276 County Road 124, Chesapeake; and Jennifer D. Hinchman, of 1129 Waco Road, Huntington, W.Va., all stood with their attorneys as Lawrence County Municipal Court Judge Donald Capper lowered each person’s bond from $50,000 cash or surety to $25,000 cash or surety after each signed a waiver of a preliminary hearing.

Workman, Bess and Hinchman were all arrested Aug. 1.

Gary Sowards, of Sowards Bonding, went in search of Workman after the man failed to show up in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial conference in an unrelated case.

Authorities allege Sowards found Workman, Bess and Hinchman at Bess’ residence, along with materials used to make meth.


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