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Two more sentenced in forgery ring

Two more Kentucky residents were sentenced for their part in a check-forging ring.

Scott Sanchez, 32, of 226 Iowa St., Ashland, Ky., and Joshua Church, 32, of 7928 Paddle Creek Road, Catlettsburg, Ky., both pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree forgery.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced both Sanchez and Church to six months in prison on Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

In January, 11 Kentucky residents who had been investigated by the United States Secret Service were indicted for cashing counterfeit payroll checks in their own names at banks and grocery stores in Lawrence County.

There are six more people to be prosecuted.

In other cases:

• Gaylord Gollihue, 40, of 11479 KY Highway 76, Berry, Ky., pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft, misdemeanor resisting arrest and three misdemeanor counts of misuse of a credit card.

Cooper sentenced Gollihue to 90 days in jail for resisting arrest and six months in prison for each of the other charges, all to run concurrently for a total of six months in prison.

Gollihue was represented by attorney J.T. Holt.

• Shawntique Whitfield, 25, of 601 Newsome St., Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree vandalism.

Cooper sentenced Whitfield to four years community-controlled sanctions with intensive supervised probation and ordered him to pay no more than $3,000 in restitution to repair the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office cruiser he damaged.

Whitfield was represented by attorney David Reid Dillon.

• David Norris, 30, of 197 Stevens Ave., Columbus, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree failure to register.

Norris pleaded not guilty through his attorney Derrick Fisher, who was filling in for attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for July 11.

• Jarod McKnight, 18, of 4459 Melissa Road, Barboursville, W.Va., was arraigned on a bill of information of second-degree burglary.

McKnight pleaded not guilty through his attorney Derrick Fisher.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for July 11.

• Gregory Martin, 40, of 1500 County Road 105, Kitts Hill, was arraigned on one count each of second-degree burglary and misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

Martin pleaded not guilty through his attorney Derrick Fisher.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for July 11.

• Johnnie Stapleton Jr., 23, of 1724 Campbell Dr., Ironton, was arraigned on one count each of second-degree felonious assault, fourth-degree domestic violence and misdemeanor criminal damaging.

Stapleton pleaded not guilty through his attorney Scott Evans.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for July 3.