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Two arrested, one sought after weekend crimes

Three separate incidents kept Ironton police busy over the weekend including an alleged crime that resulted in anything but a clean getaway.

An Ironton man was arrested in connection with a break-in at a local business that didn’t require officers to look far for a suspect; another individual is being sought by police in connection with the alleged attack on his wife and a friend; a third man was jailed on drug charges.

George Wicker, 57, 119 Fourth St., Ironton, was arrested Friday evening and charged with breaking and entering, vandalism and auto theft in connection with a break-in at Wilson Supply in the 1900 block of South First Street.

Ironton Police Detective Capt. Chris Bowman said police were summoned to the business by a security alarm just after 8 p.m. Friday. When they arrived they found someone had stolen a company truck and had driven it through the back of the building. The alarm had summoned police before the culprit was able to get the truck out of the parking lot.

Wicker was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. He was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ironton Municipal Court. Judge O. Clark Collins set bond at $25,000 cash or surety. Wicker remains in jail.

Authorities are also looking for a man who allegedly attacked his estranged wife and another man with a flashlight shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning at the victim’s residence in the 1000 block of North Fifth Street.

The two victims were treated at a local hospital and released.

Authorities are seeking the whereabouts of Vernon Craft, 44, who had been staying in the garage of the residence, Bowman said. Craft has not been charged with a crime but is being sought by authorities for questioning. The man could face felonious assault charges, Bowman said.

In a third incident, police were summoned to 514 Buckhorn St., at 11:28 a.m. Saturday to check the well-being of the occupants. Upon arrival, officers found the front door standing open. Authorities entered the house and found evidence they say points to several crimes.

“There was blood splatter all over the kitchen area. The place was pretty well torn up, ” Bowman said. “They (officers) found crack and marijuana laying in plain view. The suspect was found in the bedroom, lying in the bed with a gun beside him.”

Bobby L. Taylor, 33, of 813 17th St., Ashland, Ky., was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, having a weapon under a disability and domestic violence Saturday by the Ironton Police Department.

Bowman said the blood splatter was from a domestic fight. Officers were at first concerned for the safety of Taylor’s girlfriend, but she was later located. The weapons charge stems from Taylor’s prior felony record; as a convicted felon he is prohibited from having a gun.

Taylor was taken to the Lawrence County Jail. He was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ironton Municipal Court. Collins set bond at $75,000 cash or surety. Taylor remains in jail.

Bowman said police are exploring the possibility that Taylor’s alleged drug activity is related to the drug raid March 29 at 315 N. Sixth St. Joshua M. Johnson, 29, was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses. During the raid, prescription narcotics, $10,000 and several firearms were confiscated.