Court hears probation, drug cases

Published 9:57 am Thursday, December 29, 2011


Probation violations, drug charges and theft were among the matters bringing people to Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Jamie Spurlock, 30, of 959 State Route 775, Proctorville, admitted to violating her probation by failing to pay a substantial amount on her restitution and court costs. Her attorney, Mike Gleichauf, said his client had paid some restitution but not a sufficient amount to avoid problems with the court.

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“I have spoken with Ms. Spurlock about the situation. I think she understands the seriousness of the matter,” Gleichauf said.

Bowling added a year to her probation, also known as community control sanctions, and ordered her to pay the costs and restitution.

Spurlock was charged in 2007 with theft from the elderly. She pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2008 and at that time was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to her victim, complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center and serve four years probation.

Also Wednesday, Sarah B. Barton, 23, of 509 N. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of theft. Bowling sentenced Barton to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered her to get treatment for a substance abuse problem. She must also pay $1,200 in restitution to her victim, minus the value of any stolen items that have been recovered.

“I think the two months in the Lawrence County Jail have been sobering for her, both literally and figuratively,” Mike Gleichauf, who is also her attorney, said.

Jordyn McLemore, 19, Verdunville, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. Bowling set a $20,000 own recognizance (OR bond) and scheduled a Jan. 25 pretrial conference.

Derick R. Blankenship, 22, of 1097 County Road 45, South Point, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of escape and misdemeanor charges of falsification and resisting arrest.

Bowling sentenced him to a total of six months in prison that must be served consecutively with a 30-month sentence he is serving in prison for probation violation. Blankenship was originally sent to prison last year for a drug conviction but was given a judicial release. He was then was sent to STAR Community Justice Center to undergo a rehabilitation program and he was also placed on probation.

Earlier this month Blankenship pleaded guilty to a probation violation and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. While he was on probation but before he was picked up violating his probation, Blankenship was arrested on the new charges stemming from another unrelated incident.