Four arraigned for mobile meth lab in CP court

Published 9:44 am Thursday, March 29, 2012


Four men arrested in February in connection with an alleged mobile meth lab found in Hanging Rock appeared Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Randy Stevens, 42, of 1220 North Ave., Portsmouth, Charles Bond II, 49, of 486 Hammerstein Road, Lot 110, Wheelersburg, Danny Brown, 43, of 2121 Vermont Ave., Portsmouth, and Charles Price, 40, also of 2121 Vermont Ave., Portsmouth, were each arraigned on one count each of first-degree illegal manufacturing of drugs, second-degree illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs and fifth-degree possession of criminal tools.

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Bond also had an additional charge of misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument, a syringe.

Stevens, Bond, Brown and Price all pleaded not guilty through their respective attorneys, Scott Evans, Samantha Fields, Mike Davenport and Warren Morford.

Bond for each defendant was continued from a lower court at $125,000.

Judge Charles Cooper scheduled pretrial for each defendant on April 4.

In late February, the four men were stopped by a Hanging Rock police officer who noticed things about the vehicle they were in he thought were suspicious. A search of the truck allegedly confirmed the officer’s suspicions and the four men were arrested

In other cases:

• Robert Kalmbach, 44, of 803 High St., Coal Grove, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree intimidation, third-degree assault on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Kalmbach pleaded not guilty through his attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper continued a $10,000 bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for April 4.

• Aaron Kelley, 38, of 401 Center St., Apt. 2, Ironton, admitted to a community-controlled sanctions violation through his attorney Samantha Fields.

Cooper sentenced Kelley to two years in prison, after which time he would be relieved of his CCS.

• Samantha Roark, 29, of 1369 28th St., Huntington, W.Va., admitted to a CCS violation through her attorney Scott Evans.

Cooper sentenced her to six months in prison, after which time she would be relieved of his CCS.

• Cooper modified bond for Gary Willis, 40, of 450 Township Road 116, Kitts Hill, who tested positive for oxycodon. Adult Probation Officer John Sexton said Willis did not bring a prescription or pill bottle to court.

Cooper doubled Willis’ bond to $20,000.

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