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Arraignments fill Lawrence court docket

Defendants recently indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury appeared Wednesday in common pleas court to answer the charges against them.

Joshua Fulton, 22, of 18023 State Route 243, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Judge D. Scott Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $10,000 own-recognizance bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 29.

Andrew Johnston, 28, of 2793 County Road 17, South Point, was arraigned on counts of third-degree failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, fourth-degree receiving stolen property and misdemeanor DUI, driving under suspension and possession of drug abuse instrument, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 22.

Michael Short Jr., 26, of 415 W. 12th St., Huntington, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of theft, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 29.

Sommer Short, 35, of 91 Township Road 1161 Loot 126, Proctorville, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree theft, to which she pleaded guilty. Bowling sentenced the woman to four-year community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation.

Dakota Rice, 23, of 1097 County Road 1 Apt. 55, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree theft of a motor vehicle, to which he pleaded guilty. Bowling ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Oct. 15.

Scotty McDonald, 28, of 3548 County Road 31, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of vandalism, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 29.

Craig Hogston, 44, of 65 Private Drive 954 County Road 52, Ironton, was arraigned on counts of second-degree trafficking in drugs (Alpha PVP) and third-degree tampering with evidence, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $100,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 29.

Christopher Ball, 34, of 379 Township Road 155 E., Pedro, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of drugs (oxycodone) and misdemeanor theft and possession of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 22.

Billy Layman, 45, of 6595 County Road 15, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a third-degree count of DUI, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $50,000 OR plus GPS monitoring and set a pretrial for Oct. 22.

Hillary Nance, 22, of 27 Private Drive 5904, Ironton, was arraigned on charges of third-degree tampering with evidence and third-degree possession of drugs (Alpha PVP), to which she pleaded not guilty. Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $40,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 22.

Eric Lezu, 46, of 1435 County Road 411, Proctorville, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drugs (Alprazolam), to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling continued bond from a lower court and added a $10,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 22.

Brian Cooper 62, of 2598 State Route 650, Ironton, was arraigned on a count of third-degree failure to comply with the order or signal of police officer, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Nov. 5.

Casey Rutt, 31, of 16460 State Route 218, Scottown, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of complicity to breaking and entering, to which she pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $7,500 cash or surety and added a $10,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 22.

Leon Adams Jr., 55, of 1178 County Road 60, South Point, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of drugs (oxycodone) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Oct. 22.

Bradley Thacker, 18, of 71 Private Drive 4765 State Route 7, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling transferred bond from a lower court and added a $10,000 OR bond. A pretrial was set for Oct. 29.

Trent Smoot, 36, of 2716 County Road 15, South Point, who previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of DUI, was sentenced to 17 months in prison, six months at New Beginnings, a $1,500 fine, 200 hours community service and a three-year driver’s license suspension.

Sara Niece, 34, of 315 Ridgeway St., Coal Grove, who previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs, was sentenced to four year CCS/ISP and 200 hours community service.

Lisa McCallister, 37, of 406 Spruce St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of DUI. Bowling sentenced the woman to 18 months in prison, a five-year driver’s license suspension and a $2,000 fine.

Pamela Ackison, 52, of 802 Mastin Ave., pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs. Bowling ordered a PSI and set sentencing for Oct. 15.

Larry Craft, 29, of 1655 Grant St., Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree counts of complicity to theft. Bowling sentenced the man to 33 months in prison and ordered him to pay $4,041 in restitution to Walmart.

Jason Ratcliff, 35, of 47 Township Road 1334, South Point, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to treatment at New Beginnings.