Vandalism, probation violation cases heard in Common Pleas Court

Published 9:34 am Friday, July 2, 2010

Two Chesapeake men will spend six months in prison for vandalism. Steven Ross, 32, of 125 Township Road 1010 in Chesapeake, and Ronald Harris, 30, of 645 County Road 36 in Chesapeake, were sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas court.

Harris pleaded guilty to a one-count bill of information of complicity to vandalism. Co-defendant Ross pleaded guilty to a bill of information of one count of vandalism.

Judge Scott Bowling ordered the men to report to prison by Sept. 1, 2010 and to pay $125 in restitution.

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John Q. Cassity, 40, of 202 Anna Clinton St. in South Point, admitted that he violated the terms of his community-controlled sanctions by failing to complete a program at the STAR Community Justice Center. Bowling sentenced Cassity to 11 months in prison with the possibility of a judicial release after four months.

“You can get out after four months if you behave,” Bowling said. “You have to behave.”

Justin Justice, 31, of Mount Sterling, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison for two counts of aggravated drug trafficking. Justice was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines. Judge Bowling also ordered Justice’s license be suspended for six months. Bowling set bond in the case at $50,000 and ordered Justice to report to prison July 14.

An Ironton man charged with attempting to commit arson was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Irving Craiger, 66, of 5067 State Route 243, was sentenced to treatment not to exceed 12 months in a behavior center.

Sandra Compston, 27, of 210 Township Road 1061 in Proctorville, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property and one count of theft. Bowling sentenced Compston to four years of community-controlled sanctions and to complete the STAR program.

Corena Walters, 54, of 245 Township Road 1135 in Proctorville, pleaded guilty to complicity to commit aggravated drug trafficking. Bowling sentenced Walters to four years of community-controlled sanctions and to complete the STAR program.

A pretrial hearing has been set for July 28 in the case of Joseph Cremeans, 23, of Chesapeake. Cremeans pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Bowling set bond at $50,000.

Melissa Clutters, 27, of 818 1/2 S Fourth St. in Ironton, was sentenced to 10 months in prison after she admitted violating her community-controlled sanctions by being charged with shoplifting in Boyd County, Ky and failing to report to the adult probation department.

Adam Laber, 31, of 359 County Road 7C in Ironton, will serve 20 months in prison for violating the terms of his community-controlled sanctions. Laber admitted to the violation of not reporting to the adult probation department.