Bond set for men who shot at train

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Three men are facing multiple charges stemming from a Friday night incident allegedly involving a gun, a train, alcohol and a scuffle with a police officer.

Vincent S. Arthur, 24, of 1724 Phillips St., Ironton, is charged with assault, resisting arrest and having a weapon under a disability.

Lowell F. Ratliff, 26, of 611 Cliff St., Ironton, was charged with having a weapon under a disability and intimidation.

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Urian M. Benicker, 24, 601 Cliff St., Ironton, is charged with having a weapon under a disability. They were all taken to the Lawrence County Jail. They were still in jail as of 9 p.m. Monday night.

At 8:16 p.m. Friday, Ironton police were called to the Cliff Street apartments after a caller said two men with guns were shooting at a passing train.

Ironton police detective, Capt. Chris Bowman said alcohol was likely involved in the incident.

“To our knowledge, none of the shots hit anything. If someone had a vehicle struck or a house struck, they need to call us and let us know.”

All three men were arraigned Monday in Ironton Municipal Court. Judge O. Clark Collins set bond at $50,000 for Arthur, who hired Mark McCown as his attorney. Bond was set at $25,000 for Ratliff. Collins appointed D.L. McWhorter as his attorney. Collins set bond at $25,000 for Benicker and appointed Warren Morford as his attorney.

All three men must return to court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Ironton police received assistance from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Norfolk Southern Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.