• 46°

Man sentenced in business break-ins

A Chesapeake man will spend time in prison and pay back more than $5,000 in restitution to businesses he broke into in the eastern end of the county.

Bryan K. Shaffer, 44, of 764 County Road 3, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to seven fifth-degree counts of breaking and entering, one fourth-degree count of theft and two third-degree counts of tampering with evidence.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Shaffer to five years in prison.

He must also pay restitution to Carey Chiropractic, $400; Chesapeake Krispy Chicken, $1,500; Legacy Dental Care, $680; Rome Brake and Tire, $1,375; Hamilton Automotive, $786; C and R Hair and Nail Salon, $120; and Iron Valley Landfill, $300.

Shaffer was arrested in early February by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies and subsequently indicted. According to the indictment, the break-ins occurred throughout January.

In a related case, a Chesapeake woman was arraigned on charges she aided and abetted Shaffer in some of the break-ins, as well as theft from the Proctorville Fire Department.

Tommi Perry, 32, of 424 County Road 3, pleaded not guilty to one count of fifth-degree theft of tools and a generator from the fire department, fifth-degree receiving stolen property, fourth-degree complicity to theft and three fifth-degree counts of complicity to breaking and entering.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for April 22.

In other cases:

• Mark Johnson, 34, of Township Road 1339, South Point, was arraigned on a second-degree count of felonious assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and set a $50,000 own-recognizance bond. A pretrial was set for April 22.

• Ryan Russell, 27, of, 304 Fourth Ave., Chesapeake, was arraigned on two counts of fourth-degree trafficking in heroin, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bond from a lower court was continued plus a $25,000 OR bond and Cooper ordered the defendant to undergo weekly drug testing. A pretrial was set for April 22.

• Wilma McClain, 60, of 107 Roberts St., South Point, admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to treatment at the Rural Women’s Recovery Program in Athens.

• Stuart Wolfe, 55, of 275 N. Third St., Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to six months in prison.

• David Abbott, 51, of 5933 County Road 1, South Point, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of trafficking in marijuana, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR plus GPS monitoring. A pretrial was set for April 22.

• Kimi Conn, 32, of 693 Hillman Hollow, Olive Hill, Kentucky, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail.

• Kenneth Crabtree, 47, of 2751 County Road 66, Proctorville, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of DUI and possession of marijuana, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for April 22.

• John Fedde, 35, of 2100 Lexington Ave., Ashland, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of forgery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and a pretrial was set for April 22.

• Marlana Johnson, 36, of 3049 Lydia St., Ashland, was sentenced to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation for four fifth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs, to which she previously pleaded guilty. Bowling also ordered the woman to complete the STAR program and pay a $1,250 fine.

• Audrey Lester, 48, of 92 Township Road 1122, Proctorville, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP for a fourth-degree count of theft of drugs, to which she previously pleaded guilty. Bowling also sentenced the woman to 200 hours community service, a $2,250 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

• Brent Lewis, 34, of 6451 County Road 21, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of heroin and a fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs. Bowling ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for April 15.

• Zachary Morrison, 27, of 44 Township Road 1325, Proctorville, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of theft, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bond was set at $10,000 OR with a pretrial on April 22.

• Jerry Roof, 45, of 615 Cliff St., Ironton, was sentenced to six months in prison for a fifth-degree count of harassment by an inmate, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

• Joseph Whitmore, 35, of 801 Second St. E., South Point, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP and STAR for a fifth-degree count of possession of cocaine and a third-degree count of tampering with evidence, to which he previously pleaded guilty. Bowling also ordered the man to pay a $1,250 fine, complete 200 hours community service and his license was suspended for six months.