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Man tries to cheat court drug test, bond doubled

 

A man found out last week that you can’t pull a fast one on the Lawrence County Adult Probation Agency or Common Pleas Court.

Josh Fout, 23, of 2260 Township Road 177, Willow Wood, was given a modified bond Wednesday after the Adult Probation Department allegedly caught him trying to cheat his drug screen.

Adult Probation Officer Lynne Stewart told Judge Charles Cooper her department was unable to collect a urine sample from Fout because he “brought in someone else’s urine in a bottle.”

Lynne also said Fout admitted to using oxycontin.

Last year, Cooper changed the court’s policy and now requires mandatory drug screenings at all pretrial hearings for individuals who are free on bond.

Since the screenings began, Stewart said there have only been a few instances of people trying fake their results.

Cooper doubled Fout’s bond from $50,000 to $100,000 and schedule a pretrial for May 16.

In other cases:

• A Coal Grove man’s charges were amended to reduced charges.

Robert Kalmback, 44, of 803 High St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted intimidation and attempted assault on a peace officer. He also pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct.

Cooper sentenced Kalmback to four years community-control sanctions with intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to successfully complete the STAR Community Justice Center program. Kalmback was also sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, to run concurrently.

Kalmback’s attorney, Warren Morford, asked for a lesser sentence, saying Kalmback now has a “realization of the cause and effect when he uses alcohol.”

• Waymon Smith Jr., 23, of 70 Private Drive 302 Room 210, South Point, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary.

“I understand what I did was wrong,” Smith said.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Smith to four years in prison and ordered him to pay court costs.

“I appreciate everything you all have done for me,” Smith said. “Especially my lawyer.”

Smith was represented by attorney J.T. Holt.

• B. Douglas Martin Jr., 35, of 95 Private Drive 1552, South Point, was arraigned on fifth-degree possession of drugs. Martin pleaded not guilty through his attorney John Kehoe.

Cooper set a $5,000 own recognizance bond (OR) and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.

• Joshua Harless, 28, of 100 Township Road 1435 Apt 1A, South Point, pleaded guilty to a bill of information notice of fifth-degree residence address change and failure to verify. The counts were merged together.

Harless was sentenced to four years CCS with credit for time served, reserving nine months in prison if he breaks his probation.

Harless was represented by attorney Luke Styer.

• Billy Wiles, 23, of 1871 Wells Run Road, Crown City, pleaded not guilty to a bill of information of two fifth-degree breaking and entering charges through his attorney J.T. Holt.

Wiles is accused of breaking into Monty’s Pizza in March and Ohio Valley Landfill in April.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.

• Michael Taylor, 34, of 19 Township Road 508, South Point, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree theft. Taylor pleaded not guilty through his attorney Scott Evans.

Cooper offered to step down as trial judge for the case since Taylor is accused of stealing from an employee of the court.

“I will only continue if both sides would agree,” Cooper said.

Special Prosecutor Brenda Neville will prosecute for the state.

Cooper set a $3,000 cash, 10 percent surety or $6,000 real estate bond.

• Barry Scott Woods, 41, of 818 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on four counts of third-degree trafficking in drugs and one count of second-degree trafficking in drugs.

Woods pleaded not guilty through his attorney Scott Evans.

Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.

• John DeBelle, 27, of 618 S. Eighth St., was arraigned on second-degree burglary and violation a protection order. DeBelle pleaded not guilty though his attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.

• Myrtle Woods, 38, of 818 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count each of third- and second-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs. Woods pleaded not guilty through her attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Gleichauf requested a $100,000 OR bond, but Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.

• Tony Wilson II, 21, of 2549 County Road 5, Kitts Hill, admitted to a CCS violation. Cooper sentenced Wilson to two years, six months in prison with credit for time served.

Wilson was represented by attorney Mike Gleichauf.

• Jerry Massie, 29, of 1719 Campbell Drive, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to a bill of information fourth-degree theft.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for May 23.

Massie was represented by attorney Mike Gleichauf.

• Dallas Young, 53, of 114 Township Road 1376, Ironton, was arraigned on one count of using weapons while intoxicated. Young pleaded not guilty though his attorney Warren Morford.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for May 23.

• Bobby Taylor, 33, of 514 Buckhorn St., was arraigned on third-degree having weapons while under a disability, fifth-degree possession of cocaine and misdemeanor domestic violence. Taylor pleaded not guilty through his attorney Warren Morford.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for May 9.

• Lesley Ann Church, 30, of 7928 Paddle Creek Road, Catlettsburg, Ky., was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree forgery. Church pleaded not guilty though her attorney Samantha Field.

Cooper set a $25,000 OR bond with a GPS monitor and scheduled a pretrial for May 16.