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Drug abuse cases dominate county court

An Ironton man will get a second chance to beat his drug addiction and change the course of his life.

Richard Turvey, 37, of 4603 State Route 93, Ironton, admitted Wednesday he violated his probation, also known as community control sanctions, by testing positive for drug use and not making enough payments on court-ordered restitution and on court costs.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge D. Scott Bowling ordered him to successfully complete a drug relapse program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

“Quite obviously my client has a drug problem,” Morford said. “He did have a relapse on oxycontin and oxycodone. He realizes he has a problem and is trying to correct it.”

Morford said Turvey has a strong support system and wants to turn his life around. “He would like another chance and, if given the chance, will prove to you he can succeed.”

Turvey has also agreed to attend weekly session of Reformer’s Unanimous, a faith-based addiction program. He was on probation for an earlier conviction on theft, burglary and forgery charges.

Also Wednesday, Albert Hampton, 42, of 269 Township Road 298, Ironton, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to four years community control sanctions.

“I’m sorry,” Hampton told Cooper.

In another case, John O. Harper, 24, of Greenup, Ky., was arraigned on two counts of burglary.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Derick Fisher. Because Harper is in jail on an alleged probation violation, Bowling did not set a bond but did schedule a Dec. 9 pretrial conference.