Bond increased for man in meth lab case

Published 9:40 am Friday, August 17, 2012

A South Point man will have to pay up or remain in the Lawrence County jail after his bond was increased Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge D. Scott Bowling increased bond for Donald Workman, 29, of 106 Township Road 616, to $500,000 cash plus a $100,000 own recognizance (OR) bond.

Workman, originally charged with tampering with evidence, had been out on a $2,500 OR bond and failed to show up to a court hearing earlier this month.

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Workman was later arrested after Gary Sowards, of Sowards Bonding, found Workman and two others allegedly tending to an active meth lab.

Workman was arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing illegal drugs.

Jan E. Bess, 276 County Road 124, Chesapeake, and Jennifer D. Hinchman, 1129 Waco Road, Huntington, W.Va., were also arrested and each charged with complicity to manufacturing a controlled substance.

All three were found at Bess’ residence where sheriff’s deputies found a 2-liter soda bottle with a rubber hose wire taped to it and the ingredients such as pseudo ephedrine, camp fuel, drain cleaner and lithium batteries combined inside the bottle.

The cases against all three people were sent to the Lawrence County Grand Jury.

In other cases:

• Brian Layne, 34, of 1474 Gallia Pike, Haverhill, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of cocaine. Bowling scheduled sentencing for Sept. 19.

Layne was represented by attorney Richard Wolfson.

• Willie Dickess-Massie, 33, of 30 Private Drive 313, Ironton, admitted community control sanctions violations.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Smith, Massie failed a drug screen and also tried to use someone else’s urine for the test.

Bowling sentenced Massie to complete a rehab program at Mended Reeds as an addition requirement to her CCS.

• Dock Pippens, 67, of 2989 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree possession of drugs. Pippens pleaded not guilty through his attorney Scott Evans.

Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $7,500 OR bond and scheduled a pretrial for Sept. 5.

• Tomika Jordan, 32, of 27400 Franklin Road, Southfield, Mich., was arraigned on second-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs and s misdemeanor count of possession of drugs.

Jordan pleaded not guilty through her attorney Adam Burke.

Bowling continued bond from a lower court, added a $100,000 OR bond and scheduled a pretrial for Sept. 12.

• Kandas Johnson, 28, of 2418 S. Sixth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a count of fifth-degree identity fraud. Johnson pleaded guilty through her attorney John Kehoe.

A misdemeanor count of falsification was dismissed.

Bowling sentenced Johnson to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, 200 hours of community service and ordered her to pay court costs.

• Trent Finley, 25, of 229 Township Road 1301, Chesapeake, denied a CCS violation. Bowling scheduled a trial for Aug. 22.

• Donald Malone, 54, of 111 Township Road 357, Ironton, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Bowling sentenced Malone to nine months in prison.

Malone was represented by attorney Mike Gleichauf.

• Stephanie Risner, 20, of 76 Private Drive 3 Apt. 6, Chesapeake, was sentenced to four years in prison for a second-degree burglary charge. Risner had previously pleaded guilty.

Bowling also ordered Risner to pay $135 in restitution.

Risner was represented by attorney Mike Gleichauf.

• Brandon Walker, 30, of 304 Delores Ave., South Point, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

Bowling sentenced Walker to four years CCS, 200 hours community service, three years of post release control and order him to pay court costs.