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Probation violators make court appearances

Published 9:57am Friday, September 6, 2013

Some Lawrence County residents who couldn’t stay out of trouble found themselves back in common pleas court Wednesday answering to probation violations.

Among them was Pamela Kerfoot, 39, of 402 Brubaker Drive, South Point.

Kerfoot was accused of failing a drug screen and being unsuccessfully discharged from Mended Reeds, which she admitted. Kerfoot was originally sentenced to community control sanctions in January 2011.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the woman to 11 months in prison with a judicial release to a community based correctional facility sometime in the future.

“I really tried,” Kerfoot said. “I know I have problems with addiction. … I will make this work.”

“I hope so, for your sake,” Bowling said.

Christian Anderson Willis, 34, of 45 Township Road 248W, Kitts Hill, also faced the judge for allegations that she violated her CCS orders by failing drug screens and failing to report to the adult probation department. She was also found guilty in Ironton Municipal Court in July for driving under the influence and driving under suspension. Willis was originally placed on four years CCS under intensive supervised probation in September 2011.

Willis admitted the violations and was sentenced to fourth months in prison.

Charles Johnson II, 24, of 56 County Road 57, South Point, admitted CCS violations that he was unsuccessfully discharged from the STAR Community Justice Center.

Bowling asked the man why he was discharged.

“I just got in trouble a few times,” Johnson said.

Bowling sentenced the man to 90 days in prison.

Crystal Spears, 28, of 244 Township Road 287N, Chesapeake, admitted CCS violations that she failed to report to the adult probation department. Bowling sentenced the woman to treatment at Mended Reeds if she was found eligible for the program.

Jeffrey Lewis, 43, of 2218 N. Sixth St., Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Ronnie France, 35, of 1618 County Road 144, Chesapeake, was arraigned on CCS violations and two counts of fifth-degree forgery. France denied the CCS violations and pleaded not guilty to the forger charges.

A pretrial and CCS trial were set for Sept. 18.

In other cases:

• Jeff Spencer, 35, of 248 Township Road 1163, Proctorville, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 own-recognizance and GPS monitoring.

• Alton Day, 22, of 156 Township Road 1079, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a second-degree county of complicity to burglary. Bowling sentenced the man to four years in prison and ordered him to pay $650 in restitution jointly with a juvenile co-defendant.

• Myria Nikolav, 34, 113 Ashland Drive Apt. 6, South Point, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS/ISP and six months at Mended Reeds.

• Jess Pritchard, 37, of 707 Ashtabula St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. A count of failure to comply with order or signal of police officer was dismissed.

Bowling set sentencing for Sept. 11 and placed the man on a $10,000 OR bond with GPS monitoring.


  • Poor Richard

    So, Miss Willis failed at everything and was driving under the influence. I guess we are lucky she didn’t kill someone’s family member. And she only gets four months? Really? She should get 10 years +!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr. Johnson, only 90 days??

    How much are these people costing taxpayers? Law enforcement has to catch them, haul them in, then they are in jail, they have to appear before a judge, are appointed an attorney, some cases go before a grand jury, the judges issue baby penalties, they continue their drug activities, fail to report, fail to comply with STAR, fail, fail, fail, go before a judge yet again, none of them stop what they are doing even after going the treatment centers which is yet another failed expense…..

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