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Defendants plead guilty to charges

Published 10:23am Thursday, January 2, 2014

Several defendants will start the new year behind bars after pleading guilty to charges Tuesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

A Kitts Hill man was sentenced in Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom to five years in prison for driving under the influence.

Scott Zornes, 52, of 164 Private Drive 6586, pleaded guilty to the third-degree charge and misdemeanor counts of driving under suspension and driving left of center were dismissed.

Timothy Powell, 43, of 227 County Road 407, South Point, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of improperly discharging a firearm into a home or habitation. Misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing, menacing and criminal trespass were dismissed.

Cooper sentenced the man to four years in prison.

Matthew Arthur, 20, of 16105 State Route 243, Chesapeake, was sentenced to 34 months in prison for a fourth-degree count of burglary, which was amended from a second-degree charge. He also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree counts of receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Misdemeanor counts of criminal simulation, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug abuse instruments were dismissed.

Hershel Vanhoose, 39, of 803 Solida Road, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree failure to notify change of address, to which he pleaded guilty. He also admitted community control sanctions violations.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the man to 13 months in prison.

In other cases:

Michael Cook, 38, of 157 Township Road 1425, South Point, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 own-recognizance and set a pretrial for Jan. 15.

David Woodyard Jr., 39, of 213 Township Road 1163 Proctorville, was arraigned on four fifth-degree counts of forgery, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $2,500 cash or surety, $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Jan. 15.

Sean Bray, 41, of 1634 Davis Road, Crown City, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of failure to stop after an accident, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and GPS monitoring.

Paul Abram, 28, of 1707 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of identity fraud. Bowling sentenced the man to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation and 200 hours community service.


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