Suspect turns self in

Published 9:56 am Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Burglary happened in Willow Wood


A suspect in a January burglary and on the run since then turned himself into authorities Monday morning.

William D. Hedrick, 44, of Ashland and Detroit, Michigan, was arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court with a $15,000 bond set.

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Hedrick was the object of an arrest warrant following a burglary at a Willow Wood home on Jan. 22.

The homeowner and neighbors chased a man they believed had broken into the house, according to a release from the sheriff’s office at that time. Shots were fired and then that man was held at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Hedrick, who suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, was then taken to a Huntington, West Virginia, hospital.

Because that medical center was out of state, as soon as the man left Ohio, he ceased to be under the authority of the sheriff’s office.

Detectives were getting a warrant for his arrest. Hospital personnel had agreed to notify the county a few hours before the doctor was going to release Hedrick.

Hedrick, however, accompanied by a woman who was visiting him, left the hospital without the knowledge of personnel.

“His attorney had been working on him to turn himself in,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

Ironton attorney Derick Fisher is representing Hedrick on his second-degree felony burglary charge. A preliminary hearing is set for Monday in Judge Donald Capper’s court.