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Probation violators sent to prison

Failed drug tests and burglary were among the crimes that brought people to Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Jeffery S. Ingram, 27, of 162 Private Drive 589, South Point, admitted he violated his probation. Authorities said he failed a drug test and tried to take tobacco into STAR. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to six months in prison.

Timothy Lyons, 30, of 721 Vine St., Ironton, admitted he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer and testing positive for drugs.

“He has a drug problem. I think the state would concede he has a drug problem. That is what led him here today,” Lyons’ attorney, Warren Morford, told Bowling. Morford asked that Lyons be allowed to attend the STAR relapse program to help him kick his addiction. Morford said Lyons is remorseful for not having reported but he knew if he reported and they drug tested him he would test positive.

Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. pointed out Lyons can get help for his addiction while he is in prison. Bowling sentenced Lyons to three years in prison.

James E. Curry, 18, of 112 Ramey St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to four years community control sanctions and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Bradley Christian, 18, of 11407 State Route 243, South Point, pleaded guilty to burglary, disrupting a public service and assault. Bowling sentenced him to four years in prison.

Shanna Pinkerman, 25, of 712 W. Fourth St., South Point, was arraigned on one count of aggravated trafficking on drugs.

She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Warren Morford. Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash, surety or property plus a $10,000 own recognizance (OR) bond and scheduled a June 30 pretrial conference.

Tai Yancey, 25, of Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on charges of improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Samantha Fields.

Cooper set bond at $5,000 cash or surety and told him to return to court in two weeks for a pretrial conference.