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Drugs, probation violation on court docket

Probation violation and drug offenses were among the issues that got attention Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brian S. Swed, 24, of 265 Township Road 155E, Pedro, admitted he violated his community control sanctions, commonly known as probation, by not reporting to his probation officer, an infraction noted by Judge Charles Cooper.

“You did really well. You completed STAR (Community Justice Center program) which I credit you for. It’s not an easy program to complete. You’re enrolled at Ohio University Southern but you’ve just got to get down here and report,” Cooper told Swed. “You don’t want two and a half years in prison. Let this serve as a reminder.”

Swed was sentenced to 14 days in jail, which he has already served and ordered to remain on probation and compliant with all rules. Swed was on probation for an earlier grand theft conviction.

Raymond Church, 43, of 92 Township Road 1377, South Point, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Cooper sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP), ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

Michael D. White, 27, of 545 County Road 1, South Point, was arraigned on one count of theft.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, John Kehoe. Cooper allowed a $2,500 bond posted in municipal court to continue and added a $10,000 own recognizance (OR) bond to it.

White must return to court July 14 for a pretrial conference.

Rusty A. Patrick, 19, of 287 Township Road 616, South Point, was arraigned on three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

He pleaded not guilty through attorney Philip Heald. Cooper set a $25,000 cash or property bond and ordered Patrick to return to court July 14 for a pretrial conference.

Richard L. Sharp, 47, of 104 1/2 N. Third St., Ironton, was arraigned on two counts of complicity to trafficking in drugs and two counts of permitting drug abuse.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Warren Morford. Cooper set bond a $25,000 cash or surety bond and set a July 7 pretrial conference.