Court hears drug arraignments, probation violations
Arraignments for drug trafficking and weapons charges, as well a few probation violators, were on the docket Wednesday for Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Just indicted by a grand jury this week, Asim McCoy, 32, of 1946 Jackson Ave., Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on two third-degree counts of having weapons under a disability, fourth-degree receiving stolen property, fourth-degree trafficking in drugs (heroin), fifth-degree possession of drugs (cocaine), third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor falsification.
McCoy pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Judge D. Scott Bowling continued a $50,000 bond set in a lower court.
Also indicted this week was Christopher Brown, 36, of 1916 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati. The man was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs (cocaine), to which he pleaded not guilty.
Brown also previously pleaded not guilty to two other fourth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs on a separate indictment.
Bowling continued a previously set bond of $25,000 cash or surety and $25,000 own-recognizance.
The indictments were merged and a pretrial was set for May 29.
In other cases:
• Christopher Breeding, 35, of 263 Private Drive 3418 County Road 2, Chesapeake, was sentenced to three years in prison for charges of third-degree having weapons under a disability and fifth-degree improper handling of a firearm. Breeding previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Bowling also sentenced the man to 200 hours community service and to complete the STAR Community Justice Center program.
• Annie Adams, 30, of 2212 Hilton Ave., Ashland, Ky., admitted community control sanctions violations of failing to report and being charged with another crime in Kentucky.
Bowling sentenced the woman to six months in prison.
• Roger Minor, 29, (no address given), admitted to CCS violations of not paying restitution. Minor was sentenced in 2007 for a burglary charge and ordered to pay $22,500 with other co-defendants.
Bowling extended the man’s CCS commitment by a year and ordered him to pay $500 per month towards the restitution and forgave the man’s obligation to pay the entire $22,000 on his own since his co-defendants are in prison.
Two women in the court gallery shook their head in dissatisfaction at the decision, which did not sit well with the judge, who slammed his hand down on the bench.
“He’s been on probation since 2009 and he’s paid nothing,” Bowling said with a raised voice. “I can sentence him to prison right now if that’s what you want.”
• Justin Jarvis, 29, of 70 Private Road 302 Township Road 508, South Point, admitted to CCS violations of failing to report and not completing drug counseling. Bowling sentenced the man to three months in prison.
• Shayla Perkins, 21, of 3341 State Route 243, Ironton, admitted to CCS violations that she tested positive for oxycodone and benzodiazepine. Bowling sentenced her to five months in prison.
• Nikki Brammer, 23, of 328 Susan Court, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information and pleaded guilty to third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor counts of endangering children and possession of drug abuse instruments.
Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS under intensive supervise probation and treatment at Mended Reeds, as well as 200 hours community service. Nine months of jail time was suspended.