Alleged bank robber denies charges

Published 9:58 am Thursday, February 10, 2011

A man who allegedly held up an Ironton bank in January has denied the allegation.

Talmadge M. Bacon, 30, of 416 Walnut Ave., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to robbery and tampering with evidence Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Bacon is accused of robbing the US Bank on Third Street in Ironton Jan. 5. He allegedly passed a note stating he had explosives and demanded money to a bank teller.

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Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash and set a pretrial for Feb. 23.

Also in court Wednesday, Cooper rescheduled the trial date for a man accused of severely injuring his toddler son.

William K. Estep, of 102 Jones St., Proctorville, is accused of throwing the boy against a wall where the child struck his head.

Detective Aaron Bollinger from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office said last week that the boy is partially paralyzed and has suffered brain damage.

The child remains hospitalized.

“My understanding is that he’ll need help the rest of his life,” Prosecutor J.B. Collier said.

Estep, whose original trial date was March 3 and 4, waived his right to a speedy trial. His attorney, Mike Gleichauf, asked the judge for more time to prepare for the trial. A new trial date has been set for April 4 and 5. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

In other cases:

Flint Topping, 39, of 23 N. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and kidnapping charges. Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Feb. 23.

Gregory Loudenback, 33, of 2704 Monroe Ave., Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of tampering with coin machines. The man stole money from vending machines at Food Fair in Proctorville.

Cooper sentenced Loudenback to six months in jail for each charge, for a total of 18 months in jail.

Dickie Wilson, 30, of 113 Depot St., Coal Grove, pleaded not guilty to gross sexual imposition, a felony three. Cooper set bond at $15,000 and set a pretrial for Feb. 23.

Jonathan S. Black, 21, of 603 N. Fifth St., Ironton, was sentenced for felonious assault. Black had previously pleaded guilty to the charge and a presentencing investigation was conducted prior to Wednesday’s sentencing. Cooper ruled that Black will serve four years in prison with credit for time served.

Stacy L. Hubbard, 27, of 105 Reed St., Oak Hill, admitted violating the terms of her community-controlled sanctions. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to successfully complete the STAR community justice.

Michael D. Hankins, 32, of 601 Second St. E., South Point, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree breaking and entering. Bowling set a pretrial hearing for Wednesday.