Woman sent to prison for making meth

Published 8:57 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Proctorville woman arrested twice for making meth was sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Michelle Nichols, 36, of 14508 State Route 7, pleaded guilty to two second-degree counts of illegal manufacture of drugs and a single count of fifth-degree possession of drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the woman to 10 years in prison, $16,250 in fines and a six-year driver’s license suspension.

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Nichols was arrested on June 28 when deputies allegedly found her and co-defendant Eric Fuller, of 14460 State Route 7, making meth in soda bottles near an abandoned school on Meade Street and State Route 7 in the village.

While out on bond, the two were arrested for allegedly making meth a second time at the Athalia boat ramp on Aug. 6.

Fuller pleaded not guilty to identical charges, as well as fourth-degree assault on a peace officer and fifth-degree vandalism. His case is still pending.

In unrelated cases, three Greenup, Kentucky, men answered meth-related charges Wednesday in common pleas court.

Phillmore C. Kiser, 35, of 74 Chalet Circle, Greenup, Joseph L. Skeens, 30, of 44 Jeffs Valley, Greenup, and Charles J. Bays, 3221 State Route 2, Greenup, were each separately arraigned on a charge of second-degree illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Each defendant pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond for each at $15,000 cash or surety plus $25,000 own-recognizance. Pretrials were set for Oct. 29.

In other cases:

• Joseph Conley, 21, of 100 Township Road 1436 Unit C, South Point, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of third-degree attempted felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. Cooper sentenced the man to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, STAR, and six months in the county jail.

• Susan Hanshaw, 51, of 719 County Road 15, South Point, was arraigned on one second-, one third- and three fourth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs (oxycodone), to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $15,000 cash or surety and OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 29.

• Joseph Settle, 36, of 301 Township Road 276 N., South Point, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of endangering children. A sentencing date has not yet been determined.