Drug cases fill docket in county courtPublished 10:10am Thursday, February 7, 2013
A woman accused of trying to make meth admitted to lesser charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Cherish Copley, 26, of 532 Crump St., Raceland, Ky., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (lowered from a third-degree charge that did not included the language “attempted”) and fifth-degree possession of drugs.
Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the woman to 17 months in prison, a $2,500 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension for the first count and 11 months in prison, a $1,250 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension for the second count, to be served concurrently.
Bowling also said Copley could get a judicial release to the STAR Community Justice Center Program. Bowling also sentenced Copley to 200 hours community service after her release from STAR.
In other cases:
• Stefani Tucker, 35, of 24 Private Road 70 Township Road 1336, South Point, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree trafficking in drugs (oxycodone) and fifth-degree trafficking in drugs (heroin).
Bowling sentenced the woman to four years community control sanctions, fines of $2,500 and $1,250, STAR and 200 hours community service.
Tucker and co-defendant Holly Ployer, 32, of the same address, were arrested by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force in January.
Ployer failed to show up to court Wednesday for her pretrial hearing and Bowling revoked her bond and issued a warrant.
• Tina Broughton, 33, of 44 Township Road 616, South Point, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of receiving stolen property and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of assault.
Bowling sentenced the woman to four years intensive supervised probation, 200 hours community service, restitution not to exceed $24,000 and 180 day in the county jail suspended.
• Christopher Conwell, 30, of 92 Township Road 1018, South Point, pleaded guilty to a count of fifth-degree criminal non-support.
Bowling sentenced the man to one year in prison, 5 years probation if a judicial release is granted, 200 hours community service and payments of $500 per month towards his child support arrears, which was more than $27,000.
• Melissa Schwab, of 613 Pike St., Coal Grove, admitted probation violations. Bowling sentenced her to five months in prison.
• Jeffrey Sammons II, 30, of 217B Township Road 1430, South Point, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree breaking and entering at Jerry’s Pay Lake. Bowling sentenced the man to 11 months in prison and $890 in restitution.
• Jason Preston, 37, of 801 County Road 6, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Judge Charles Cooper continued bond from a lower court and set a pretrial for Feb. 20.
• Patricia Howard was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree forgery, to which she pleaded not guilty. Cooper continued bond from a lower court and added a $5,000 own-recognizance bond.
• Nicholas Sycks, 26, of 3466 County Road 181, Ironton, admitted probation violations and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
• Charles Brown Jr., 36, of 4235 Pine Terrace Dr., Ashland, Ky., admitted probation violations and was sentenced to time already served in the county jail. Cooper also extended the man’s probation commitment by one year.
• Savannah Jenkins, 25, of 2615 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor endangering children.
According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mack Anderson, Jenkins was found passed out in her car at a car wash with her 1-year-old child in the vehicle.
Cooper ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 20.
• James Cade, 34, of 1114 S. Sixth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $280 restitution.