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Purse-snatcher arraigned in court

Others answer indictments for violent crimes, drugs, burglary

 

A knife-wielding man accused of snatching a woman’s purse in the parking lot of Bartram and Sons grocery store in November was arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Gregory Scott Gannon, 28, pleaded not guilty, through his attorney Warren Morford, to one count of first-degree aggravated robbery.

Also during the incident, Gannon allegedly tried to get in the victim’s car with her, which added a second-degree kidnapping charge to the indictment.

The victim fought back and Gannon allegedly grabbed her purse and fled but was chased by four witnesses who cornered him until police arrived.

Judge Charles Cooper continued a $200,000 bond from municipal court and scheduled a pretrial for Dec. 28.

Gannon faces up to 11 years in prison for the aggravated robbery count and up to eight years for kidnapping.

In other cases:

Naaman Lucas, 30, of 710 Little Solida Road, Apt. A., South Point, pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape as well as third-degree attempt to commit burglary.

The indictment stated that the alleged rape of a 7-year-old was on-going between January 2010 through August of this year.

Cooper continued a $150,000 cash or surety bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for Jan. 4.

Crystal G. Willis, 30, of 1405 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of second-degree felonious assault.

Willis is accused of hitting a man in the head with a hammer. She pleaded not guilty through her attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for Dec. 21.

David Craft, 38, of 8130 County Road 1 Lot 11, South Point, was arraigned on one count of third-degree abduction.

Craft pleaded not guilty through his attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for Dec. 21.

Carol Banfield, 51, of 368 Private Road 2548 County Road 65, Ironton was indicted on one count of second degree illegal manufacture of drugs, which was methamphetamine, and one count of fifth-degree aggravated possession of drugs.

Banfield pleaded not guilty through her attorney John Kehoe.

Kehoe spoke on Banfield’s behalf, saying she was not involved in the crime and she has never been in trouble before.

Cooper continued a $50,000 bond from municipal court and set a pretrial for Dec. 21.

John Hoffman, 32, of 1018 S. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of receiving stolen property, which included semi-automatic handguns, shot guns, pocketknives, video games and video game consoles. He was also arraigned on a count of having weapons under a disability,

Hoffman pleaded guilty through his attorney Mike Davenport. Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash, surety or real property and scheduled a pretrial for Dec. 21.

Dwayne Stephens, 34, of 461 Township Road 1055, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count of second-degree burglary.

Stephens pleaded not guilty though his attorney Mike Gleichauf. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property and scheduled a pretrial for Dec. 28.