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Franklin Furnace man faces drug charges

A Scioto County man indicted on drug charges and a West Virginia man arrested on domestic violence charges were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

James Cantrell, 54, of Franklin Furnace, was arraigned on two counts of complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine and one count of complicity to possession of crack cocaine.

Attorney Philip Heald, standing in for attorney Warren Morford, entered a plea of not guilty on Cantrell’s behalf and indicated that mental health issues may preclude Cantrell from going to trial.

“The directive from Mr. Morford is to suggest Cantrell may not be competent to stand trial based on a previous finding by a judge in another court,” Heald said.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash or surety and ordered a mental evaluation for Cantrell.

Also Wednesday, Adam Puckett, 33, of Oak Hill, was arraigned on a two-count indictment alleging child endangerment and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney (Morford). Judge Richard Walton set bond at $10,000 and ordered Puckett to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.

Bret Dement, 18, of

1007 Township Road 161, South Point, was arraigned on six counts of breaking and entering and one count of complicity to grand theft of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Roger Smith, who had requested a signature bond for his client.

Cooper set a $10,000 cash or surety bond but said he may revisit the matter of bond later on. He also ordered Dement to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.

Paul Wiley, 29, of Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on two counts of domestic violence. He entered a plea of not guilty through Smith, who is also his attorney. Walton set bond at $25,000 and issued a restraining order to prevent Wiley from going near his accuser.

In other matters, Tyronn Jewett, 29, of Dayton was arraigned on a multi-count drug indictment. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, David Reid Dillon. In discussing bond for Jewett, Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. requested Walton consider the same amount of bond set when Jewett appeared in municipal court.

“This indictment was the result of an investigation by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force,” Collier said. “The defendant admitted his involvement in trafficking in crack in our county. I urge that bond remain the same.”

John Hogan, 21, of 422 N. Second St., Ironton, was arraigned on two counts of theft from the elderly and one count each of grand theft from the elderly and criminal trespass. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Jeremy Morris.

Cooper set an own recognizance (OR) bond of $25,000 and ordered him to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.