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Man in threat case found competent

Pretrial set for April 6

The Ironton man accused of threatening Ohio University Southern students in December was found competent Thursday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to a third-degree count of making terroristic threats.

Ruben Henninge, 27, of 803 S. Sixth Street, was arrested Dec. 8, 2015, after allegedly posting “OU students are about to get killed” in an online chat room. He was arraigned two days later in Ironton Municipal Court, where he pleaded not guilty and said he did not remember making the threat and that he was recently released from a hospital in Athens.

In Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, Henninge originally pleaded not guilty before changing his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. He was ordered to complete a competency evaluation, where the results came back against him on Wednesday.

Cooper set pretrial for April 6.

In other cases:

David Barker, 39, of 54 Private Drive #8A, Proctorville, previously pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. Barker rejected the state’s offer and faces up to a year in prison if convicted. Judge D. Scott Bowling set trial for March 24.

Jennifer Edmonds, 40, of 2212 Carter Ave., Ashland, pleaded guilty to attempted forgery. Bowling sentenced her to three months in prison.

Keith L. Lanning, 43, of 1314 S. Eighth Street, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to three fourth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and $5,000 cash or surety with GPS. Pretrial is set for March 30.

Tony Puckett, 22, of 712 ½ Vernon Street Apt. B, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to two fifth-degree counts and one fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs. Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR and $25,000 cash or surety. Pretrial is set for March 30.

Candy Long, 36, of 62 Township Road 1161 Lot 7D, Proctorville, previously pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft. Bowling continued the case to March 23.

Michael Mason, 26, of 311 Elaine Court, Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree trafficking in heroin. Bowling sentenced him to 18 months in prison, a six-month driver’s license suspension and three years post release control.

Michael Nelson, 35, of 342 County Road 51, Pedro, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree theft. Bowling set sentencing for March 23.

Clarence Bryant, 35, of 2502 S. Seventh Street, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree theft. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial is set for March 30.

Delmar Jenkins, 27, of 900 B. High Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin. Bowling sentenced him to 18 months in prison, a six month driver’s license suspension and three years post release control.

Buddy Jenkins, 35, of 110 Fernwood Drive, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in heroin and three counts of complicity to trafficking in heroin, all varying between fourth and fifth-degree felonies. Bowling set sentencing for March 30.

Morgan Gibson, 25, of 1596 County Road 18, South Point, pleaded not guilty to one fourth-degree count of grand theft. Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR and GPS. Pretrial is set for March 30.

Aspen Barlow, 21, of 320 N. Fourth Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree counts and one fourth-degree count of complicity to trafficking in drugs. Bowling set pretrial for March 30.

Joshua Fitzpatrick, 21, of 48 County Road 450, South Point, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree breaking and entering, fifth-degree theft and a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft. Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions and ordered him to complete STAR.

Carl Holsten, 49, of 401 Center Street, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to three third-degree counts and one fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety. Pretrial is set for March 23.

Branda McFann, 42, of 1957 County Road 44, South Point, pleaded guilty to third-degree trafficking in drugs. Cooper sentenced her to three years in prison, ordered her to pay a $5,000 fine and gave her a six-month driver’s license suspension.