Alleged city building vandal indicted

Published 12:59 am Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Ironton man accused of breaking into the Ironton City Center last month was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury.

Willard D. Large, 62, of 2603 N. Second St., was indicted on felony counts of vandalism and breaking and entering of the city building and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damaging.

Large was arrested in late June after he allegedly gained entry to the city building by throwing a park bench through a window. He also allegedly damaged about nine other windows once inside the building, as well as some dry wall and doors.

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Also indicted this week were a couple from South Point who were arrested by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force for allegedly selling prescription pills.

John H. Dameron, 73, of 51 Township Road 510N, was charged with two first-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (oxycodone and morphine sulfate), two third-degree counts of trafficking (oxycodone) and a second-degree count of trafficking (oxycodone).

A specification in the indicted states Dameron had a firearm on him at the time he committed the alleged crimes.

Doris J. Dameron, 63, of the same address, was charged with two counts each of third-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs and first-degree complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

John Dameron, with the assistance of Doris, allegedly sold oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant in the days leading up the execution of a search warrant by the drug task force.

A search of the home revealed numerous pills to include oxycodone, morphine sulfate, xanax, methadone, and suboxone with an estimated street value of $25,000, according to the prosecutor’s office. More than $20,000 cash, one assault rifle, eight handguns firearms and a large quantity of power tools were also seized from the residence.

Others indicted this week, according to the office of Lawrence County Prosecuting Brigham Anderson, were:

• Grady E. Smith Jr., 44, of 6 Private Drive 2076, Kitts Hill, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine;

• Charles E. Nance, 25, of 11839 State Route 217, Scottown; Russell L. Ferris, 53, of 1047 State Route 218, Scottown; John H. Ferris, 49, of 854 State Route 218, Scottown; and David Ferris, 54, of 17287 State Route 218, Scottown; were each indicted on a second-degree count of felonious assault of the same victim on the same date, March 15;

• Brandon M. Rymer, 28, of 511 Washington St., Coal Grove, receiving stolen property and two counts of burglary;

• Jonathan A. Cole, 448 Township Road 1105, Proctorville, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles;

• James T. Morris, 39, of 6284 County Road 6, Ironton, DUI;

• Kevin Pemberton, 43, of 132 Locust St., Coal Grove, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property;

• Kimberly A. Fannin, 50, of 1222 Jackson Ave., Huntington, W.Va., possession of drugs, theft.

An indictment is a formal allegation that an individual has committed a crime. The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.