Bank robber pleads not guilty at arraignment

Published 10:57 am Thursday, October 1, 2015

A man accused in the aggravated robberies of two Proctorville banks in September pleaded not guilty in front of Judge Charles Cooper in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday at his arraignment.

Gary A. Spangler, 35, of 605 County Road 70, Proctorville, was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of aggravated robbery, having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony and carrying concealed weapons, a felony of the fourth-degree.

Spangler is accused of robbing U.S. Bank on Sept. 8 and Liberty Bank on Sept. 14. Shortly after the robbery of Liberty Bank, Lawrence County Sheriff’s detectives Aaron Bollinger and Jason Newman arrested Spangler when a loaded handgun was allegedly found in the vehicle during a traffic stop. Further investigation led to charging Spangler with the bank robberies.

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Cooper set Spangler’s bond at $1 million and a pretrial is set for Oct. 14.

In other cases:

William D. Hedrick, 44, of 2738 Jason Road, Ashland, Kentucky, appeared for a motion to suppress. Hedrick is charged with burglary, a felony of the second-degree. Hedrick refused to give a DNA sample due to the fact that he gave one when he was arrested. In court Wednesday, he changed his mind to give a DNA sample before changing it back and not giving the sample.

On Jan. 22, a homeowner came home to see that someone broke into the house and allegedly saw Hedrick hiding outside before fleeing. Family members and neighbors then allegedly proceeded to chase Hedrick while also firing a handgun at him. Hedrick was shot in the stomach and taken to a nearby trauma center.

The trial is set to go forward on Oct. 19.

James Adams, 35, of Micklethwaite Road, Portsmouth, accused of trafficking in drugs, had his sentencing continued to Oct. 14.

Brennan Banks, 21, of 912 Chestnut St., Ironton, appeared in front of Judge D. Scott Bowling on probation violations. Bowling ordered Banks to continue probation as well as treatment at New Beginnings.

Chadwick Workman, 24, appeared in front of Bowling on probation violations. Bowling sentenced Workman to 254 days in prison.