Drug cases dominate local court

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 3, 2005

A Columbus man accused of drug peddling and a Coal Grove woman accused of stealing drugs were among those entering guilty pleas Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Lisa Burd, 35, 316 Pike St., admitted she took 160 hydrocodone pills on three separate occasions from the pharmacy where she worked.

Judge Frank McCown sentenced Burd to four years probation under intensive supervision and ordered her to make full restitution to the drug store.

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Her attorney, William Kennedy, had asked for leniency given Burd's lack of criminal history.

"This is the first offense for her. I think she won't be reappearing in court; she has turned her life around and is not a user of drugs now," he said.

McCown reserved 17 months in prison if she violates the terms of her probation.

DeWayne Foster, 22, was scheduled for trial Thursday but preempted those plans Wednesday by admitting to first-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine, third degree having a weapon under a disability, fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools and first-degree felony possession of crack cocaine.

Because Foster had a gun in his possession at the time of his arrest, the drug trafficking charge carries a gun charge.

Foster will be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation.

Billy Darby, 26, 2311 Hamilton St., Hanging Rock, entered a plea of no contest to an amended charge of fourth-degree felony burglary. He had initially been charged with second-degree burglary. He was accused of breaking into a Lawrence County residence in February.

Judge Frank McCown sentenced Darby to four years probation and reserved 17 months in prison if he violates the terms of his probation. Darby must also make restitution to his victim.

A Chesapeake man will spend a total of three years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous alcohol-related and domestic violence charges.

Judge Richard Walton also ordered David Barry, 36, of 42 Township Road 1502, Chesapeake, to pay a total of $2,400 in fines as part of his punishment.

Barry pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, fourth-degree misdemeanor improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle, fifth-degree felony domestic violence, fifth-degree felony domestic violence, fifth-degree felony improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle and three counts of third-degree felony DUI.

These charges stem from three separate incidents that occurred on July 15, Aug. 7 and Aug. 9.