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2 arrested in Frogtown theft plead not guilty

An 18-year-old Ironton man and a juvenile, also from Ironton, entered not guilty pleas on Monday in Lawrence County courts following their arrests on Friday in connection with a robbery at the Frogtown bar and restaurant.

Jerry Blevins, 18, of 629 S. Eighth St., appeared before Ironton Municipal Judge O. Clark Collins on charges of breaking and entering and tampering with evidence. Blevins was arrested at his home by Ironton Police, according to Detective Joe Ross.

Attorney Warren Morford was appointed to represent Blevins. Collins set bond at $50,000 cash or surety.

Blevins will have a preliminary hearing Thursday.

A 17-year-old male entered his plea before Juvenile/Probate Judge David Payne on charges of breaking and entering, tampering with evidence and trafficking in drugs. Ironton attorney J.T. Holt was assigned to the case. By law there must be a hearing within 10 days for a juvenile. Currently he is incarcerated at the Ross County Detention Center.

On Friday morning a bartender at Frogtown coming to work discovered the south Ironton bar had been broken into. Missing was approximately $15,000, of which $6,000 had been raised during a poker run Memorial Day weekend to go for the Wounded Warriors Project. That charity provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.

Entry to the bar-restaurant was made through a window in the kitchen. Besides the cash, four security cameras, a DVR recorder, security monitor and half gallon of Jagermeister were taken.

So far only $3,000 has been recovered.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Ross at (740) 533-5606 or (740) 237-6101.