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OUS threat case moves forward

Defendant enters not guilty plea

An Ironton man accused of threatening Ohio University Southern students pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Ruben Henninge, 27, of 803 S. Sixth St., Ironton, is charged with a third-degree count of making terroristic threats.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Feb. 10.

Henninge allegedly posted threats to students in an online chat room in December.

During his municipal court appearance, the man said he did not remember making the threat, but that he has mental health issues and was recently released from an Athens hospital.

In other cases:

• Timothy Haynie, 34, of 435 36th St., Catlettsburg, Kentucky, was arraigned on counts of second-degree burglary and fifth-degree possession of criminal tools, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Feb. 24.

• Danielle Haam, 36, of 7718 Windy Hill Way, Indianapolis, Indiana, admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to four months in prison.

• Johnnie Stapleton, 26, of 3620 County Road 181, Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

• Henry Runyon, 39, of 811 Township Road 161, South Point, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of theft, to which he pleaded guilty. Cooper sentenced the man to 17 months in prison and ordered him to pay $4,100 in restitution to Cashland Financial in Chesapeake.

• Monica Werkheiser, 31, of 57 Township Road 1069, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of two counts of fifth-degree theft, to which she pleaded guilty.

Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 17.

• Michael Ramsey, 31, of 194 Township Road 337, Kitts Hill, was arraigned on a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and a pretrial was set for Feb. 17.

• James Layman Jr., 32, of 2226 State Route 378, Chesapeake, was sentenced to four years CCS and STAR. He was also ordered to forfeit two firearms. He previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of using weapons under a disability and DUI.

• Jacob Morrison, of 2328 County Road 30, Kitts Hill, was arraigned on a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and a pretrial was set for Feb. 17.

• Clifford Black, 57, of 410 Washington St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to three third-degree counts of trafficking in drugs. Judge D. Scott Bowling set sentencing for Feb. 24.

• Mark Saxton, 43, of 911 S. Tenth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of domestic violence, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and $20,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Feb. 24.

• Crystal Lewis, 34, of 1405 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on counts of third-degree failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, fourth-degree theft of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting arrest, to which she pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR and a pretrial was set for Feb. 17.

• David Barker, 38, of 54 Private Drive 53, Proctorville, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and GPS. A pretrial was set for Feb. 17.

• Jennifer Edmonds, 40, of 2212 Carter Ave., Ashland, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of forgery, to which she pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and $25,000 cash or surety. A pretrial was set for Feb. 17.

• Justin Jenkins, 27, of 900B High St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of complicity to trafficking in heroin and was sentenced to six months in prison.

• Darrell Kearns, 31, of 1126 County Road 62, Willow Wood, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of theft, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for Feb. 17.