Gas station robber pleads guilty

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 17, 2005

A Waterloo man arrested for holding up an Ironton gasoline station was among those entering guilty pleas last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Tommy Ash, 41, of County Road 47,

was arrested July 12 and charged in connection with the hold up of

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the Gulf Station at 2829 S. Third St.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown will sentence Ash next week.

On the afternoon of July 9, an employee at the gas station said a man driving an older-model, white car pulled onto the lot and asked for gasoline.

Ash then asked for cigarettes and when the employee asked for the money to pay for the cigarettes, the man showed him a gun and demanded money.

Ash then fled the scene, leading a number of local law enforcement agencies on a pursuit along State Route 93

through Pedro, where he managed to elude them. He was caught three days later after a tip from a private citizen, police said.

Also last week, a Proctorville man pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in powder cocaine.

Travis Moore, 23, of 396 County Road 70 was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation and must successfully complete a program at the STAR facility.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton fined

Moore $3,750 and ordered him to surrender his driver's license for 6 months. Moore was given credit for time already served in jail awaiting conclusion of his case.

Moore was one of several people indicted secretly by a Lawrence County grand jury on drug charges last month.