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Alleged traffickers arraigned

Two Lawrence County residents who were arrested in a major Alpha-PVP drug bust were arraigned last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

James P. Bowles, 31, of 4023 County Road 30, Kitts Hill, was arraigned on one second- and one third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in Alpha-PVP, fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instruments to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $120,000 cash or surety or $67,000 property, plus $100,000 OR and GPS monitoring. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

Charlotte Bowles, 33 of 3954 County Road 55, South Point, was arraigned on a second-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree count of permitted drug abuse, to which she pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $100,000 OR and $65,000 property plus GPS monitoring. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19

Each had a specification to their indictments in which the grand jury found the group was in possession of about 40 guns and assault rifles and $19,823 in cash.

The two, as well as another individual, were arrested following the execution of a search warrant by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the sheriff’s office and the Coal Grove Police K-9 unit at David Bowles’ home on County Road 55.

At the residence law enforcement found approximately 40 grams of Schedule I drug Alpha PVP with a street value of $10,000; several digital scales; packaging material; including the cash and firearms.

The investigation into the alleged sale of Alpha-PVP was a months-long effort and thought by investigators to be one of the main suppliers of the drug in Lawrence County.

In other cases:

• Dustin Fulks, 21, of 109 Garden Court, South Point, was arraigned on three fifth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Retired Judge Richard Walton, filling in for Judge D. Scott Bowling, set the man’s bond at $25,000 cash or surety and $25,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19 and a trial set for Aug. 27.

• Thomas Gillispie, 27, of 1400 County Road 120, South Point, was arraigned on two third-degree counts of theft of a firearm, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bond was continued from a lower court and Walton set a pretrial for Aug. 12. A trial was set for Aug. 24.

• Charles Lewis, 43, of 106 Ferguson St. Apt. 2, South Point, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty. Walton set bond at $5,000 cash or surety plus $500 OR. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

• Kiara McCarthy, 31, of 5 Wells Trailer Park, Culloden, West Virginia, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree theft of a motor vehicle, to which she pleaded guilty. Walton sentenced the woman to nine months in prison.

• Amber McCleese, 32, of 50 Bigcat Lane, Argillite, Kentucky, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree possession of drugs, to which she pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Aug. 19.

• Paul Rockel, 30, of 711 Etna St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree grand theft and fifth-degree theft, to which he pleaded guilty. The man was sentenced to nine months in prison.

• Homer W. Anson, 27, of 96 Private Road 239, South Point, was arraigned on counts of second-degree felonious assault and misdemeanor aggravated menacing, to which he pleaded guilty.

Judge Charles Cooper set sentencing for Aug. 19.

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• Amanda Dempsey, 31, of 1403 County Road 171, Scottown, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug instruments, to which she pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for Aug. 19.

• James Helton, 24, of 1512 S. 11th St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree theft of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Aug. 19.

• Sean James, 23, of 412 Mill St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree possession of criminal tools, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

• John Large, 36, of 26 Private Drive 1633 County Road 59, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of failure to appear, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety plus GPS monitoring. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

• Shella Pennington, 202 K2 Ratliff Road, South Shore, Kentucky, was arraigned on a second-degree count of felonious assault, to which she pleaded not guilty. Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety and a pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

• Randall L. Wilson Jr., 38, of 3943 Ohio Furnace Road, Ironton, was arraigned on counts of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs and fifth-degree possession of drugs, to which he pleaded guilty. Cooper sentenced the man to four years in prison and a one-year driver’s license suspension.