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Gas station robber, others arraigned

A number of people indicted last month by a Lawrence County grand jury were arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Walter T. Ballard, 22, of Ironton, was arraigned on charges of aggravated robbery and one count of kidnapping, each with a firearm specification. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Philip Heald.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $150,000 and scheduled a pretrial conference for this week. Ballard is accused of holding up the BP gasoline station near the Grandview Inn in South Point last month.

Jeremy Riffe, 32, of Greenup, Ky., was arraigned on one count of breaking and entering. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf.

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson asked that a $20,000 cash bond set in Ironton Municipal Court be continued, but Gleichauf countered that a $10,000 cash or surety bond was more appropriate in the case.

Anderson told Cooper, “He (Riffe) has a Kentucky address, a criminal record and is a convicted felon out of Kentucky from a 2006 case.”

Cooper set bond at $40,000 property or $20,000 cash and ordered Riffe to return in one week for a pretrial conference. Riffe is accused of breaking into the old West Ironton School Jan. 10 and taking copper.

Kyle J. Hinkle, 19, of 396 County Road 70, Lot 30, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count of burglary. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney Phillip Heald. Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or $200,000 property and scheduled a pretrial conference for this week.

James A. Chaffins, 36, of 784 County Road 411, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count of felonious assault and misdemeanor charges theft and criminal trespass. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Luke Styer. Judge D. Scott Bowling set a $25,000 own recognizance (OR) bond plus a $25,000 cash, surety or property bond and ordered Chaffins to return to court March 10 for a pretrial conference.

Jerome Legette, 36, of Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on one count of possession of crack cocaine and one count of failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty through Styer, who is also his attorney. Bowling set a $25,000 OR bond plus a $25,000 cash bond and told Legette to return to court March 10 for a pretrial conference.

Raymond Fadis, 33, of 498 Third Ave., Chesapeake, was arraigned on two counts of criminal non-support, one a felony and one a misdemeanor.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Eric Lafayette. Bowling set a $10,000 cash bond plus a $25,000 OR bond but will allow Fadis to post 10 percent of the cash bond.

Fadis must return to court March 10 for a pretrial conference.

Brad Cain, 34, of Pleasantville, was arraigned on four counts of criminal non-support, two felonies and two misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Warren Morford.

Bowling set a $25,000 OR bond and ordered Cain to return to court March 10 for a pretrial conference.

John W. Adkins Jr., 31, of 358 Private Drive 476, Chesapeake, will undergo a mental competency evaluation before his case continues.

Adkins was arraigned Wednesday and his attorney, Mike Gleichauf, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. Cooper allowed a $100,000 bond set in a lower court to continue.

Thomas B. Butler, 45, 549 Township Road 1233, Proctorville, was arraigned on three counts of sexual battery that specify he was a parental figure to the victim he is alleged to have assaulted late last year.

Butler was arraigned last year on rape charges stemming from the same incidents involving the same victim.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Davenport, who said he is likely to ask that all charges be dismissed on grounds of insufficient evidence.

Cooper allowed a bond posted previously to continue and told Butler to return to court March 10 for a pretrial conference.

Ryan Cooper, 31, of 807 N. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of breaking and entering.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Samantha Fields. Judge Cooper set a $25,000 OR bond and scheduled a March 10 pretrial conference.

Ryan Cooper is accused of breaking into the Ironton City garage last month.

Alexander W. Huddle, 30, 4644 County Road 29, Pedro,, was arraigned on charges of aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, disrupting a public service and two counts of aggravated menacing.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Davenport.

Cooper allowed bond set in a lower court to continue and ordered Huddle to return to court this week for a pretrial conference.