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Man gets probation for assault

An Ironton man accused of assaulting another man outside of a local bar this past spring was found guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Kenneth Pyles, 60, of 183 Township Road 1190, was arraigned on a bill of information of misdemeanor assault, to which he pleaded no contest.

The charge was the result of Pyles assaulting James Weber on March 25 outside the Auger Inn.

“I’m standing on the sidewalk and I light my cigarette and kapow. My lights went out,” Weber told the court Wednesday.

Weber said the two men got into an argument initially at the Knights of Columbus and said she suffered a broken ankle, scapula, a fractured cheek and a concussion as a result of the assault.

Mark McCown, Pyles attorney, said there was “serious provocation” on Weber’s part and the man made “offensive comments” to his client the night of the incident.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Pyles to three years community control sanctions with 180 days in jail reserved if he violates his probation.

Cooper also ordered that restitution be paid to Weber for his medical expenses. That amount has not yet been determined.

In other cases:

• Arnold Anderson, 37, of 301 Welch Lane, Greenup, Kentucky, was arraigned on a second-degree count of felonious assault and a misdemeanor count of falsification, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Jan. 14.

• Joseph Conley, 21, of 100 Township Road 1436 Unit C, South Point, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

• Jessica Green, 23, of 151 Maple Grove Road, Gallipolis, and Brody Green, 26, of 66 Township Road 1419 Apt. 3, Proctorville, were each sentenced to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft from the elderly.

Cooper also ordered them to pay $100 restitution.

• Tiffany Wagoner, 30, of 1204 County Road 70, Proctorville, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of failure to appear, to which she pleaded guilty.

Wagoner had previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of DUI, but failed to return to court for sentencing. She was found by her bail bondsman.

Cooper sentenced the woman to 12 months in prison for the DUI and six months in prison for the failure to appear charge, for a total of a year and a half in prison.

She was also ordered to pay a $1,350 fine and her driver’s license was suspended for three years.

• Marla Laber, 38, of 5236 County Road 5, Ironton, was arraigned on a count of fourth-degree theft, to which she pleaded not guilty. Judge D. Scott Bowling set bond at $10,000 own-recognizance.

• John Crager, 28, of 301 Third St. E. Apt. 20, South Point, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

• Justin Callicoat, 21, of 115 1/2 S. Sixth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of burglary. Bowling sentenced the man to five years in prison.

• George Massie, 31, of 2316 1/2 S. Fifth St., Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to treatment at the Veterans Treatment Center in Chillicothe. His probation was also extended by one year.

• Devon Harmon, 36, of 627 S. Seventh St., Ironton, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $15,000 OR. A pretrial was set for Jan. 21.

• Justin Kersey, 26, of 81 Township Road 1043 Apt. B, Chesapeake, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree vandalism and harassment by and inmate and misdemeanor resisting arrest, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $25,000 OR and $35,000 property.

• Andrew McGuire, 24, of 2536 Township Road 177, Willow Wood, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $1,500 cash or surety and $10,000 OR. A pretrial was set for Jan. 21.