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Ironton Post Office employees arraigned

Two postal employees were arraigned in separated cases Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Forest Halterman Jr., 40, of 2528 S. 12th St., Ironton, who was employed as a temporary letter carrier, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of theft of drugs and a misdemeanor count of theft.

Halterman pleaded not guilty.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set bond at $15,000 cash or surety plus a $15,000 own-recognizance bond.

The felony theft charge alleges that Halterman stole a parcel containing prescription medication being shipped from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to a veteran living in Ironton. The misdemeanor charge alleges Halterman stole money from a petty cash fund at the Ironton post office.

In a separate matter, Herbert M. Dalton II, 34, of 2316 Meadow Ridge Court, Wheelersburg, who worked at the post office customer desk, was arraigned on two counts of third-degree tampering with records and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Dalton pleaded not guilty. Judge Charles Cooper continued bond from a lower court.

The tampering with records charges allege Dalton falsified sales transactions in the point of sale system. The misdemeanor theft charge alleges Dalton deprived the Postal Service of $788.94.

Investigations for both cases were conducted by special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in Columbus and both men were arrested in September.

In other cases:

• Michael Thompson, 27, of 190 Private Drive 779 County Road 56, South Point, was arraigned on two counts of second-degree pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor (videos) and two counts of third-degree sexual battery involving two juveniles, ages 14 and 16. Thompson pleaded not guilty through his attorney Mike Eachus.

Cooper set bond at $250,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Nov. 21.

• Jarrod Casey, 24, of 107 Center St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

In April, Casey hid in a back room of Bartram and Son grocery store and waited for the store to close before attempting to rob it.

Bowling sentenced Casey to four years community controlled sanctions with intensive supervised probation, 200 hours of community service and a commitment to the STAR Community Justice Center.

• Angela Cooper, 29, of 624 Tenth St., Huntington, W.Va., was sentenced for third-degree tampering with evidence and two fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs, all of which she previously pleaded guilty to.

Judge Cooper sentenced the woman to four years CCS/ISP and six months at the Stepping Stones drug treatment program. She must also pay a $1,250 fine and forfeit $201 found on her at the time of her arrest.

• Rebekah Greer, 31, 2132 Thomas St., Ashland, Ky., admitted a CCS violation. Cooper sentenced her to six months in prison, after which she will no longer be on CCS.