Drug cases highlight court activity

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2008

Drug-related crimes were among the cases discussed and settled Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Amy Turvey, 24, of 1211 N. Second St., admitted to Judge Charles Cooper she violated the terms of her community controlled sanctions, or probation, by failing to report to her probation officer, failing to complete a treatment program at Stepping Stones, a drug treatment center in Portsmouth and by testing positive for drug use. She was on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Her attorney, Chris Delawder, asked Cooper for a brief furlough so Turvey could make some arrangements for her child, who is ill. But Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., argued that even a short furlough would be “inviting trouble” since Turvey has a drug problem.

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Cooper said he hesitated to release her, given her substance abuse problems but cautioned her to resist temptation to delve into drugs or alcohol.

“I don’t know if you realize how easy it is to overdose on drugs and we have had deaths in this county because of this,” Cooper said. “I don’t want to see your name added to that list.”

In another case, Katrina Phelps, 46, of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation as penalty for conviction on four counts of complicity to trafficking in powder cocaine.

Also Wednesday, Cynthia Rickman, 33, of 110 Park Ave., South Point, pleaded guilty to counts of deception of obtain a dangerous drug.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation. Rickman must also continue with drug treatment through Reformer’s Unanimous.