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Man gets prison time for storage unit break-ins

Published 8:58am Thursday, April 18, 2013

A South Point man admitted Wednesday to breaking into several storage units, earning him a stay in the state penitentiary and hefty fines.

Ralph Littlejohn Jr., 29, of Grandview Inn Room 116, pleaded guilty to six counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to nine months in prison for each count, to be served concurrently. Cooper also ordered the man to pay $35,555 in restitution, jointly with two other co-defendants.

In other cases:

• Scott Christian, 33, of 662 State Route 650, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of two counts of fourth-degree grand theft, two counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering, fourth-degree safe cracking, and fifth-degree possession of criminal tools in connection with the theft of two vehicles and break-ins at Wendy’s and Sparetime in Ironton.

Christian pleaded not guilty to all charges. Cooper set bond at $60,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for April 24.

• Zack Abrams, 23, of 915 1/2 Park Ave., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug (Xanax). A count of tampering with evidence was dismissed.

Cooper sentenced the man to nine months in prison, a $1,250 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

• Amanda Dempsey, 29, of 1035 County Road 1 Apt. 228, South Point, was arraigned on a first-degree charge of aggravated robbery, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash, surety or property and set a pretrial for May 1.

• Teresa Stormes, 42, of 915 1/2 Park Ave., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of fifth-degree deception to obtain a dangerous drug (Xanax).

Cooper sentenced the woman to 11 months in prison on each count, to be served consecutively, for a total of 22 months. Cooper also ordered that the woman could be released to the STAR Community Justice Center program at the next available bed. If she fails to complete the program, she could be sent back to prison for the remainder of her sentence.

Cooper also ordered Stormes to pay a $1,250 fine and suspended her driver’s license for six months. ­­

• Amy Malone, 29, of 53 Private Drive 72, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree tampering with evidence.

Malone pleaded guilty and Cooper sentenced her to 18 months in prison. The woman also admitted to CCS violations and was sentenced to six months in prison, to be served concurrently with the 18-month sentence.

• Michael Faulkner, 33, of 905 County Road 82, Kitts Hill, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to STAR with 11 months in prison reserved if he fails to successfully complete the program.

• Chester Daniels, 46, of 1120 Wall St., Olive Hill, Ky., denied CCS violation allegations and a trial was set for April 24.

• Shawntique Whitfield, 26, of 601 Newsome St., Ashland, Ky., admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

• Willis Childers Jr., 45, of 149 Township Road 1063, South Point, pleaded guilty to third-degree driving under the influence. A minor misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set sentenced for April 29.

The maximum penalty for third-degree DUI is five years in prison, a $10,500 fine, lifetime driver’s license suspension and forfeiture of vehicle.

• Joe Boles II, 28, of 613 Township Road 218, Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

• William Roy, 42, of 1299 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, which had been amended from a fifth-degree felony count of obstruction of justice.

Bowling sentenced the man to 30 days in jail suspended and a $500 fine.

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