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Man to get behavioral treatment

Published 10:56am Friday, February 21, 2014

An Ironton man who kicked the window out of a sheriff’s cruiser was ordered to undergo inpatient behavioral care Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Competency evaluations were returned for Roger Wallace, 51, of 409 Buckhorn St., which stated the man was not competent at the time of the offense, as well as other offenses, which led to his initial incarceration at the county jail.

Wallace was originally arrested on Nov. 5 and charged with third-degree trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree possession of drugs and third-degree tampering with evidence.

More than a week after his arrest, Wallace damaged a cruiser while being transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton, tacking on charges of fifth-degree vandalism and third-degree escape.

Wallace pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges and an evaluation was ordered.

Judge Charles Cooper read the findings of Wallace’s evaluation, which said at the time of the offenses, “he was unable to know the wrongfulness of his actions,” and that the man was experiencing “ongoing delirium” and was “unable to maintain rational behavior.”

The evaluation recommended Wallace undergo inpatient treatment at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati.

In other cases:

• Brandon Blake Danner, 18, of 201 Dutey Drive, Coal Grove, was arraigned on Feb. 12 on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $10,000 own-recognizance and set a pretrial for Feb. 26.

Danner was charged after he was allegedly found breaking into an outbuilding in Coal Grove. Danner was also shot by the homeowner during an alleged physical altercation, who cited self-defense as a reason for the shooting. The homeowner was not charged.

• Christopher M. Young, 22, of 304 N. Second St., Ironton, was arraigned on Feb. 12 on fifth-degree failure to notify change of address and failure to register charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 OR plus GPS monitoring and set a pretrial for Feb. 26.

• Jeffrey Stephenson, 57, of 204 High St., South Point, was arraigned on Feb. 12 on a charge of abusing harmful intoxicants, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $25,000 OR and set a pretrial for Feb. 26.

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