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Woman gets probation for drugs, burglary

A woman accused of drug trafficking and women accused of burglary were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Petina Vazquez, 28, of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP), ordered her to complete a rehabilitation program at a community based correctional facility and ordered her to pay $12,500 in fines.

“I believe this is a fair and just resolution of this case,” Vasquez’s attorney, Warren Morford said. “She has no previous criminal record and she is the mother of four young children.”

Also Wednesday, Shirley Berry, 49, of 415 County Road 104, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary.

This came after a report from Dr. Monique Coleman, of Shawnee Forensics Center, revealed Berry was not suffering from any mental issues at the time of the incident and is not now, either, and is capable of assisting in her defense. Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP.

In another case, John Ackison, 21, of 605 S. 10th St., Ironton, was arraigned Wednesday on one count each of theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Derick Fisher. Bowling set a $2,500 own recognizance bond and scheduled a Jan. 9 pretrial conference.

Carla Phillips, 41, of the 110 block of Wyanoke Street, was arraigned on one count of illegal use of food stamps. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, David Reid Dillon. Bowling set a $10,000 OR bond and scheduled a Jan. 9 pretrial conference.

John McCoy, 19, of 229 Township Road 287N, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to one count of vandalism. Bowling sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation.

He was sentenced to 14 days in jail but given credit for 14 days served awaiting resolution of his case.

Cassandra Cantrell, 24, of Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on one count of burglary. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Judge Charles Cooper allowed a $5,000 bond posted in municipal court to continue and ordered her to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.

Her co-defendant, Beverly Singer, 27, also of Ashland, was arraigned on one count of complicity to burglary. She also pleaded not guilty through Gleichauf, who is her attorney. Cooper ordered her to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.