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Pool stick robbery case suspect makes court appearance



An Ironton man accused of holding up a gasoline station with a pool stick was arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jeffrey Adkins, 43, of 1509 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of tampering with evidence. His attorney, Mike Gleichauf, entered both a plea of not guilty and a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Judge D. Scott Bowling added a $20,000 own recognizance (OR) bond to the $150,000 cash bond set in Ironton Municipal Court.

Bowling ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Adkins, who is accused of robbing the Rich Oil at Third and Monroe streets with a pool stick June 22 and demanding money.

David R. Malone, 54, of 111 Township Road 357, Ironton, was arraigned on one count of theft of a motor vehicle a 1991 GMC Sierra pickup truck. He pleaded not guilty through Gleichauf, who is also his attorney.

“He has a fairly extensive prior criminal history including prior penitentiary service,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson noted.

Bowling allowed bond set in a lower court to continue and added a $10,000 OR bond to it. But Gleichauf admitted bond might be a moot issue because Malone may be wanted for other crimes in other areas.

An Ashland, Ky., man admitted he violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer for a year.

Bowling sentenced James Brewer, 24, of 499 Old Buckley Road, to five months in prison but gave him credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

Brewer was on probation after he pleaded guilty in 2010 to forgery and theft charges.

Joshua Sparks, 31, of 621 Railroad St., Ironton., admitted he violated his probation by failing to pay child support, failing to pay court costs and failing to report to his probation officer. Bowling sentenced him to 30 days in jail and 200 hours of community service.

Once he is out of jail, Sparks must pay $100 monthly toward his arrearage in addition to regular child support payments. Sparks will begin his community service work while he is in jail and then continue once he is released.