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Probations ordered in theft cases

Drugs and theft were among the crimes that got attention Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Michael Webb, 28, of 96 Private Drive 96, Township Road 111, Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions and ordered him to complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Webb has paid $1,500 in restitution to his victim. He took a tree trimmer, power tools and other such equipment from an Ironton residence in September 2009.

Iva Charlene Kingery, 68, of Huntington, W. Va., pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

Bowling sentenced her to six months in the Lawrence County Jail but suspended the sentence, and placed her on three years probation. The item in question was a .22 handgun.

Wilburn Pauley, 46, of 653 County Road 15, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. Bowling sentenced Pauley to seven months in prison and ordered him to pay $223.31 in restitution.

“I’m more than willing to pay that back,” Pauley said. Pauley took a person’s credit card and used it in July 2009.

Joshua T. Richards, 27, of 103 Keith St., South Point, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of receiving stolen property and one count of identity fraud.

Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to pay $79.82 in restitution.

James H. Ratcliff, 56, of 1192 County Road 9, Crown City, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of crack cocaine and obstructing official business.

In exchange for his plea on those charges, one count of aggravated possession of drugs was dismissed.

Bowling sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP. Ratcliff was also fined $2,500. Bowling ordered that $1,418 Ratcliff had at the time of his arrest will be applied to his fine. Ratcliff’s attorney, Marty Stillpass, said Ratcliff is indigent was should not be responsible for the rest of the fine.