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Proctorville man gets one more chance at STAR

A man who was supposed to go for an interview at STAR Community Justice Center but missed two appointments didn’t miss a sober warning from a less-than-pleased judge when he showed up for a court hearing Wednesday.

Robert A. Belle, 27, of 104 N. Jones St., Proctorville, is facing drug charges. His case is pending in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

He may be eligible to join a relapse program at STAR but must first be interviewed by the staff there.

If he is eligible, participation in the program could be made a part of his sentence.

“I don’t know what else we can do at this point,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Bob Anderson told Judge Charles Cooper.

“He’s scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow (Thursday),” Belle’s attorney, Luke Styer, told Cooper. “His mom has indicated she would take him. He asks that he remain on bond with the understanding if he fails to appear (Thursday) then he will be put in jail.”

Cooper told Belle if he didn’t show up for that third appointment, the relapse program at STAR would no longer be an option and Belle would face prison time.

“I’m not impressed with the fact you’ve missed this twice before,” Cooper told Belle. “I think it speaks volumes about your attitude. I’ve had it with you. You make it tomorrow (Thursday) or STAR is off the table.”

Cooper noted this is the second time Belle has been in court for criminal charges and, if he is accepted at STAR, the second time he would undergo a rehabilitation program there.

Belle told Cooper he thought the first trip to STAR had been successful, Cooper thought otherwise and said so.

“Evidently not, you’re here again,” Cooper said.

In another matter Wednesday, Bradley J. Wilson, 36, of 53 Private Drive 9555, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to 17 months in prison and fined him $2,500. Authorities said when Wilson was arrested in October 2009, he tested .117 on a breathalyzer test and had had three prior felony convictions.

Also Wednesday, Gina N. McClellan, 46, of 3353 State Route 141, Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

In exchange for her guilty plea charges of illegal conveyance of prohibited items to a detention facility and aggravated possession of drugs were dismissed.

Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP and ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Meaghan Russell, 25, of 3571 County Road 120, South Point, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP for her previous guilty plea to drug charges.

She must also successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program at STAR.