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Fentanyl use on the rise in county

Drugs make up majority of cases

Cases involving fentanyl seem to be on the uptick in Lawrence County, as more and more have recently shown up in common pleas court.

• Derik Blankenship, 28, of 50 County Road 5, Kitts Hill, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine, fentanyl), one first-degree and one third-degree felony, and two counts possession of drugs (fentanyl, methamphetamine), one fifth-degree and one second-degree felony. Judge Andy Ballard set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Teresa Dillon, 40, of 1856 State Route 243, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs (fentanyl) and complicity to trafficking in drugs (fentanyl), both fourth-degree felonies. Ballard set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and $50,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 28.

• Xavier Price, 28, of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded not guilty to four counts of trafficking in drugs (fentanyl), all felonies of the fourth-degree. Ballard set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and $50,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 28.

In other cases:

• April Bryant, 35, of 235 Memorial St., Coal Grove, pleaded not guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs (methylphenidate hydrochloride, amphetamine dextroamphetamine), all third-degree felonies. Ballard set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and $50,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Shawn Collins, 29, of 710 County Road 10A, Pedro, pleaded not guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Dakota Fleming, 22, of 816 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a third-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $15,000 cash or surety and $50,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Stephen Green, age unknown, of 8050 County Road 1, South Point, denied community-controlled sanctions (CCS) violations. Ballard set CCS trial for March 14.

• Stephen Horsely, age unknown, of 2275 Winchester Ave., Apt. 14, Ashland, Kentucky, admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced him to seven months in jail.

• Joseph Ison, 35, of 1492 County Road 4, Pedro, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. Ballard sentenced him to two years CCS with 17 months reserved, and ordered him to pay $700 in restitution.

• Michelle Norris, 31, of 46 Township Road 111, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), both fifth-degree felonies, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. Ballard set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 28.

• Savannah L. Owens, 21, of 402 Second St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $5,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 14.

• Ronald Pemberton Jr., 35, of 312 Township Road 137W, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to attempt to commit burglary, a third-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Kimberly Terry, 35, of 2714 Cumberland Ave., Ashland, Kentucky, admitted CCS violations. Ballard ordered her to complete 400 hours community service and STAR with 11 months reserved.

• Dimitrie Thomas, 44, of 10394 Beechdale St., Detroit, Michigan, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs (Oxycodone), both fourth-degree felonies, and receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a felony of the fifth-degree. Ballard sentenced him to three years in prison with a mandatory three-year post-release control. He was also ordered to forfeit $1,414 to the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.

• William C. Webb, 32, of 101 S. Ninth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to vandalism, a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 21.

• Vanessa Woods, 30, of 116 Ashland Drive, Apt. A, South Point, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) and aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), both second-degree felonies. Ballard set sentencing for March 21.

• Talmadge M. Bacon, 37, of 416 Walnut St., Ironton, denied CCS violations. Judge Charles Cooper set CCS trial for March 28.

• Tonia Y. Clark, 38, of 2422 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a third-degree felony, trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drugs (amphlet salts), a felony of the fifth-degree. Cooper set sentencing for March 16.

• Ashley D. Gillispie, 32, of 323 33rd St., Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. Cooper sentenced her to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation (ISP) with 11 months reserved, and ordered her to complete STAR.

• Gavyn C. Konz, 25, of 8130 County Road 1, Lot 9B, South Point, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs (hashish), trafficking in marijuana and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, all fourth-degree felonies. Cooper sentenced him to 10 months in prison. He also had a firearm forfeited in the case.

• Phillip J. McMullen, 36, of 49 Township Road 1013, South Point, admitted CCS violations. Cooper sentenced him to seven months in prison.

• Tommy Rockwell, 34, of 330 Walnut St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs (Oxycodone, methamphetamine), both fifth-degree felonies, and possession of cocaine, also a felony of the fifth-degree. Cooper sentenced him to four years CCS under ISP with 11 months reserved, and ordered him to complete STAR.

• Jerry Stapleton, 38, of 809 N. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Cooper sentenced him to one year in prison.