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Theft, drugs among charges on docket in county court

A man accused of breaking into an abandoned house in March bypassed most of the judicial process Wednesday by pleading guilt and taking his punishment.

Dewey A. McGlone Jr., 34, of 672 County Road 47, Waterloo, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of breaking and entering during a hearing in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

“My client has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to pay the price for his exercise in bad judgment,” McGlone’s attorney, Warren Morford said.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced McGlone to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

In another case, Norma James, 49, of 208 Township Road 1461, Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. She was accused of taking earrings, a ring and other jewelry from a woman whose house she cleaned.

Bowling sentenced her to five years CCS and ordered her to pay $10,450 in restitution to her victim under an arrangement that requires her to pay $2,000 within two weeks and $200 a month thereafter until the balance is paid. When asked if she had anything to say before being sentenced, James replied,

“I do not have the ring they say is missing. I never meant to keep any of it. That ring was not one of the things I took home to show my daughter.”

George Yancey, 25, of 207 Third St., East, South Point, was arraigned on one count of failure to appear. Bowling set bond at $50,000 cash and added a $50,000 own recognizance (OR) bond. Yancey must return to court Aug. 3 for a pretrial conference.

Kelly Doss, 20, of 47 Private Drive 99, Chesapeake, was arraigned on one count each of burglary, grand theft and safecracking. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Luke Styer.

Bowling set bond at $25,000 surety bond and added a $25,000 OR bond. He ordered Doss to stay away from his victim and told him to return to court Aug. 10 for a pretrial conference.

Doss is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house July 2, and taking a gun and jewelry and trying to get into a safe.

Jeffrey A. Moore II, 27, of 45 Township Road 1210, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of heroin and trafficking in marijuana.

Bowling ordered Moore to successfully complete an in-house drug treatment program and sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP. Moore must also pay a $2,500 fine and surrender his driver’s license six months.

Joseph A. Harmon, 30, of 118 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs (oxycodone). Bowling sentenced him to six months in prison, fined him $1,250 and suspended his driver’s license six months.