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Ball pleads not guilty to breaking and entering

Breaking and entering, drugs and probation violations were among the matters addressed last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Christopher Ball, 28, of 499 State Route 373, Pedro, was arraigned on one count of theft and one count of breaking and entering.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, D.L. McWhorter. Judge D. Scott Bowling allowed bond set in lower court to be continued and scheduled an Oct. 29 pretrial conference.

Joshua Brofford, 34, of 2212 N. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of breaking and entering. He pleaded not guilty through McWhorter, who is also his attorney.

Bowling said set a $25,000 own recognizance (OR) bond of $25,000 and ordered electronically monitored home confinement.

John D. McCoy, 19, of 229 Township Road 287N, Chesapeake, admitted he violated his community controlled sanctions, or probation, when he was arrested on new charges. He also failed to report to his probation officer as scheduled.

“I think a good resolution to this that the defendant be ordered to complete STAR (Community Justice Center),” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said, adding that McCoy should be required to continue on probation after his treatment program is completed.

Bowling accepted that recommendation. McCoy was on probation after pleading guilty to vandalism.

Ben D. Martin Sr., 31, of 95 Private Drive 1552, South Point, was arraigned on two counts of possession of drugs and one county of criminal trespass. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Luke Styer.

Judge Charles Cooper allowed bond posted in a lower court to continue and ordered Martin to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.

Eric F. Gould, 33, of 220 Private Drive 615, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Frederick Moses. Cooper allowed bond set in lower court to continue and ordered Gould to return to court in three weeks for a pretrial conference. The judge further ordered Gould to stay away from his victim.

Amanda K. Thompson, 28, of Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on one count each of attempt to commit robbery, theft from the elderly and assault. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Chris Delawder. Cooper allowed bond set in lower court to continue and scheduled an Oct. 29 pretrial conference.

Carl Carpenter Jr., 34, of 515 County Road 3, Chesapeake, was arraigned on two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle. Bowling allowed bond set in a lower court to continue and ordered Carpenter to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.

Willie Abbott Jr., 23, of Township Road 1725, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count of theft and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Derick Fisher. Bowling scheduled a pretrial conference for Oct. 29.

Nicholas L. Sexton, 20, of 999 Township Road 229, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to one count of breaking and entering. In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of grand theft and vandalism were dismissed. He was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution to his victim.

Angel Martin, 23, of 221 Private Drive 96, South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP and ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. She was also fined $1,250.