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Suspects arraigned in meth case

Arraignments dominated the dockets of Lawrence County’s common pleas courts Wednesday, including those of the people allegedly involved in making methamphetamine in a South Point apartment.

Indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury last week, all five defendants had initial appearances in Judge Charles Cooper courtroom, where all entered not guilty pleas.

Those arraigned were Patrick Kelley, 36, of 2239 Barbeque St., Ashland, Ky., second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs; Ashley Kelley, 21, of 2239 Barbeque St., Ashland, Ky., second-degree complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs; Elvis Adkins, 25, of 518 Marion Pike Apt 5, Coal Grove, complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs; Cora Harmon, 22, of 214 Carl Perkins Drive, Ashland, Ky., complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs; and Jessica Robinson, 25, of 1097 County Road 1 Apt 30, South Point, complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.

Cooper fixed bond at $50,000 cash or surety for each defendant and set pretrials for Aug. 21.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the arrests were made after deputies were called to the Lawrence Village Apartments in late July on complaints of a suspicious odor and smoke coming from a window in one of the apartments.

According to the report, the deputy noted a chemical odor in the apartment. Meth-making materials were allegedly found in the apartment, including allergy medicine blister packs, drain cleaner and a plastic bottle with a tube.

In unrelated cases, two Ironton teens were arraigned in connection with a break in at Frogtown.

Jodi Blevins, 19, and Christopher Dickerson, 18, both of 4302 State Route 141, were arraigned separately on a charge of fifth-degree receiving stolen property. Both pleded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $20,000 own-recognizance for both and set pretrials for Aug. 21.

In May, employees at Frogtown reported that the bar had been broken into and about $15,000 was stolen, of which $6,000 had been raised during a poker run Memorial Day weekend to go for the Wounded Warriors Project. About $3,000 was recovered.

Jerry Ray Blevins, 18, of 629 S. Eighth St., has already pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of tampering with evidence and a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering in connection with the break in.

He was sentenced to three years in prison.