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Pump station vandal sentenced

Published 9:41am Friday, March 1, 2013

An Ironton teen will have to pay the city back for vandalism at one of its pump stations.

Isaiah Nelson, 18, of 845 S. Tenth St., pleaded guilty to a count of fifth-degree vandalism Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court.

Judge O. Clark Collins sentenced Nelson to six months in the Lawrence County Jail, five months suspended, for a total of 30 days in jail. Nelson was also sentenced to two years’ supervised probation and 15 days on Collins’ work program.

Collins ordered the man to pay a $200 fine and restitution to the city in the amount of $2,020.

Nelson was arrested last week by the Ironton Police Department in connection with the pump station vandalism, a 16-year-old female was also arrested. She faces charges in juvenile court.

In late January, Floodwall Superintendent Mike Pemberton and another city employee discovered pump station No. 5, under the Second Street overpass, was defaced with graffiti, most of which was profane.

Nelson has also been charged in connection with two house fires in June of last year.

Acting Ironton Police Chief Chris Bowman said Nelson would be charged as a juvenile in the two arson cases.

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