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Bail jumper arraigned, others appear in court

He ran out of luck while running from the law.

Eugene Walmsley, 28, of St. Inkster, Mich., one of two men who skipped town last year to avoid trial on drug charges, was arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on one count of failure to appear.

He was also given a pretrial conference on those earlier drug charges he had sought to escape.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set another pretrial for March 25 and set a new trial date for the drug charges, April 6 and 7.

A spokeswoman for D&D Bail Bonds said Walmsley was apprehended last weekend in St. Inkster and turned over to Lawrence County authorities.

Walsmley, James M. Daniel, 29, of Wayne, Mich., and Chartese Love, 24, of Huntington, W.Va., were arrested on drug charges by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers during a traffic stop in October 2007 but were out of jail on bond.

They were all scheduled to stand trial together in October 2008. Love showed up for trial and pleaded guilty. Daniel and Walmsley were no-shows so failure to appear charges were filed against them. Daniel was apprehended in December 2008 in Huntington, W.Va.

In another case Wednesday, Crystal Plott, 21, 909 N. Second St., Ironton, was sentenced to a total of 11 months in prison for her guilty plea to two counts of forgery and one count of receiving stolen property.

Judge Charles Cooper also ordered her to pay $317.37 in restitution.

Steve Littlejohn, 31, whose last known address was 103 Solida Road, South Point, admitted he violated the terms of his community controlled sanctions, also known as probation.

Cooper sentenced him to six months in prison.

James Bayes, 24, of 1365 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of domestic violence.

Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

Bayes must also successfully complete an in-house alcohol treatment program. Cooper further ordered Bayes to refrain from going near his victim.

Jennifer Murphy, 31, of Franklin Furnace, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP and ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. She must also pay a $2,500 fine.

William LeGrand, 32, of 11240 County Road 4, Waterloo, was to have gone on trial Monday, March 23, on one count of theft. He avoided trial by pleading no contest to the charge Wednesday. Cooper sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP and ordered him to pay $350 in restitution.

David W. Turvey, of 804 S. 10th St., Ironton, admitted he violated his probation. Cooper sentenced him to one year in prison.

Turvey was on probation for a 2007 attempt to commit burglary conviction. At that time he was sentenced to three years in prison but was granted judicial release and placed on probation in August 2008.

But authorities said since then, he has failed to report to his probation officer as required.

Brandi Traylor, 25, of 621 S. Eighth St., Ironton, admitted she, too, violated her probation. Bowling ordered her to undergo substance abuse counseling and continue with her probation.