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Woman pleads guilty to Bible theft

The Bible says “Thou shalt not steal.” A South Point woman who stole a Bible from a man’s car last fall admitted she broke the eighth commandment — and Ohio Revised Code — as she stood crying Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Angela M. Stafford, 32, of 52 Township Road 1404, South Point, pleaded guilty to taking the Bible out of one vehicle Oct. 18, 2009, and a purse, cellular telephone and credit cards from another vehicle the same date.

Judge Charles Cooper will sentence her May 12 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Also Wednesday, John Ferrell Jr., 39, of 904 County Road 113, Ironton, admitted he violated his community control sanctions, or probation, by going to an establishment serving liquor.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to 13 days in jail and ordered him to continue with outpatient drug treatment.

“Once I got out of rehab I’ve been trying to stay clean,” Ferrell told Bowling. “I go to Family Guidance two times a week. I’m clean.”

Bowling said while he was glad to hear Ferrell was staying sober, he also had to follow the rules of his probation that were intended to keep him sober, and the rules prohibit him from going to bars and other similar places.

“This is intended to keep you on the right path,” Bowling said. “I hope this is the last time I see you.”

Ferrell was on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Jeffrey S. Ingram, 27, of 162 Private Drive 589, South Point, admitted he violated his probation by testing positive for drugs and failing to report to his probation officer. Bowling ordered Ingram to successfully complete a relapse program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Ingram was on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Jerome Legette, 37, of Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of crack and one count of failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

In January, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Legette’s vehicle for traffic violations as he was traveling on U.S. 52 near Lick Creek Road. Legette stopped his vehicle briefly, but gave the trooper a bogus name and then sped off in his car with the trooper in pursuit.

He was arrested when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole.

Authorities said Legette then ran to a nearby apartment building where he tried to break into an apartment. The drugs were found when Legette was taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the incident.

Bowling sentenced him to a total of four years in prison — 11 months for the drug charge and four years for fleeing from the police.

Legette may be eligible for judicial release after six months if he is admitted to a community based correctional facility.