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Two answer meth charges

Two people who were arrested following a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol answered meth charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Kimi Conn, 31, of 693 Hillman Hollow, Olive Hill, Ky., was arraigned on a third-degree count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and complicity to theft and a misdemeanor count of complicity to theft.

Thomas Smith, 44, of 701 Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs and a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set Conn’s bond at $10,000 own-recognizance plus $1,000 surety that was transferred from a lower court.

Smith’s bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety plus $25,000 OR and GPS monitoring.

Pretrials were set for March 26.

In other cases:

• Bruce Justice, 58, of 351 Private Road 1385, Ironton, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of obstructing justice. Those were amended from two felony counts of receiving stolen property. A felony count of tampering with evidence was also dismissed.

Bowling sentenced the man to 90 days in the county jail suspended, three years probation, a $750 fine and 200 hours community service.

Related to the case, David Markel, 50, of 2415 S. Eighth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to two counts of misdemeanor theft. That was amended from the original indictment which charged the man with nine felony counts of theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Bowling sentenced him to 180 days in the county jail, 90 days suspended, three years probation and 200 hours community service.

• Brennan Banks, 20, of 912 Chestnut St., Ironton, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of cocaine, fourth-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor counts of endangering children and OVI.

He entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.

Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $20,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for April 2.

• Darrin Gully, 28, of 2928 Fannie Drive, Flatwoods, Ky., was arraigned on fifth-degree counts of theft and breaking and entering, to which he pleaded guilty

Bowling sentenced the man to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, STAR, $2,928 in restitution and 200 hours community service.

• Felicia Fields, 30, of 1023 Marion Pike, Coal Grove, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree forgery and two counts of theft, to which she pleaded guilty.

Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS/ISP, STAR and 200 hours community service.

•Justin Callicoat, 20, of Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to three months in prison.

• Mark Taylor, 33, of 48 Township Road 1435, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree theft from the elderly, to which he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to four years CCS/IPS, STAR and 200 hours community service.

• Marlena Trammell, 43, of 1505 Lawrence St, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree driving under the influence, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for March 26.