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Driver in fatal car accident indicted by grand jury

A Willow Wood man has been indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury in connection with a fatal automobile accident in Ironton last month.

James McComas, 24, of 3748 State Route 217, was indicted on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide. On March 13, the car McComas was driving was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 1500 block of South Third Street. A passenger in that car, Richard Aaron Kelley, 27, of Walnut Street, was killed.

The McComas indictment was one of 24 handed down late last week, according to information from the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr.

Others indicted were:

4Jessie Scarberry, 28, 1751 State Route 775, Proctorville,

one count of second-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, three counts of fifth-degree felony complicity to forgery, one count of fourth-degree felony complicity to identity fraud,

two counts of fifth-degree felony theft by deception and one count of fourth-degree felony complicity to grand theft.

Scarberry is accused of aiding Tina Adams, 29, of 1173 County Road 1, South Point, in a scheme to bilk at least four area residents of money from their personal financial accounts. Adams pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of third-degree felony attempt to engage in a pattern of corrupt behavior. She is serving a two-year prison sentence for that conviction.

Adams was initially arrested in July 2004 when Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies who were alerted to an alleged scam involving four area residents and their bank accounts. Adams was accused of obtaining the vital information from other people, then using that information to open bank accounts. She then deposited money into accounts using stolen checks and making immediate withdrawals for cash on those accounts.

4Tammy Cooper, 44, 44 Township Road 1161, Proctorville, one count of fourth-degree felony forgery and one count of fifth-degree felony theft.

4Phillip Wallace, 21, 69 Township Road 1026 Apt. 3,

one count of second-degree robbery.

4Katherine McGinnis, 51, 2319 S. Seventh St., Ironton, one count each of fourth-degree felony

theft by deception and fourth-degree felony passing bad checks.

4Christopher McKinley, 25, Portsmouth,

one count of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine within the vicinity of a juvenile, one count of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine, two counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine, one count of third-degree felony having weapons under a disability and one count of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools.

4John Ackison, 39, one count of fifth-degree felony possession of crack cocaine and one fourth-degree misdemeanor count of possessing criminal tools.

4Danielle Waller, 19, of Flatwoods, Ky., one count of fifth-degree felony possession of crack cocaine and one fourth-degree misdemeanor count of possessing criminal tools.

4Pam Gordon, 43, 157 Township Road 310, Ironton, one count of aggravated trafficking in morphine phosphate tablets, one count of fourth-degree felony complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine,

one count of second-degree felony complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine, one count of fifth-degree felony possession of crack cocaine and two counts of second-degree felony permitting drug abuse.

4Jason King, 28, 1518 S. Fifth St., Ironton, one count of fifth-degree trafficking in marijuana, one count of fourth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana, three counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs, and one count of fourth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana.

4Jack Dobbs, 31, 32 County Road 7, Ironton, one count of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine within the vicinity of a juvenile and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

4Jim O'Field, 45, 701 Township Road 109, South Point, one count of second-degree felony improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or school or safety zone.

Additionally, there were 10 secret indictments issued in criminal non-support cases; the grand jury returned two secret drug-related indictments. Twenty-seven cases were presented and 24 true bills returned.

An indictment is a formal charge brought by the court. It does not indicate guilt of accussed crimes.