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Drug crimes majority of court cases

Several cases were heard in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

• Brittany Christian, 30, of 1330 Third Ave. W., Apt. 203, Montgomery, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charge was amended from a fifth-degree felony. Judge Andy Ballard sentenced her to 78 days in jail with 78 days credit, and ordered her to pay court costs.

• Jade Freeman, 26, of 104 Grant Court, South Point, pleaded guilty to forgery, a fifth-degree felony. Ballard sentenced her to four years community-controlled sanctions (CCS) under intensive supervised probation (ISP) with 11 months reserved, and ordered her to complete STAR, 200 hours community service and pay court costs.

• Gary Munyan, 47, of 2341 County Road 22, Ironton, admitted CCS violations. Ballard extended his CCS by one year, and ordered him to complete STAR relapse, 200 hours community service and pay court costs with 11 months reserved.

• Alfred Runyon, 51, of 4053 Hart St., Ashland, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, first-degree misdemeanor. The charge was amended from a fifth-degree felony. Ballard sentenced him to 52 days in jail with 52 days credit, and ordered him to pay court costs.

• Carrie Copley, 32, of 3098 County Road 124, Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, a fourth-degree felony, possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors of the second-degree. Ballard suspended her driver’s license and set bond at $5,000 cash or surety and $30,00 OR. Pretrial was set for April 18.

• Richard Heaberlin II, 48, of 615 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. In exchange for a guilty plea, the state agreed to nolle a fourth-degree trafficking in drugs charge. Ballard sentenced him to four years CCS under ISP with 11 months reserved, and ordered him to complete STAR and 200 hours community service. His GPS monitor was also removed.

• Thomas Jones, age and address unknown, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $40,000 OR. Pretrial was set for April 18.

• Paul J. Abram, 32, of 612 Lawrence St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a third-degree felony. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to two years in prison.

• Casey L. Adkins, 29, of 6 Township Road 1294, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), and possession of heroin, both fifth-degree felonies. Cooper set sentencing for April 18.

• Talmadge M. Bacon, 37, of 416 Walnut St., Ironton, admitted to CCS violations. Cooper sentenced him to one year in prison with credit for time served.

• James Rowe, 51, of 472 Township Road 275, Proctorville, pleaded not guilty to possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony. Cooper set bond at $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for April 11.

• Dickie L. Wilson, 37, of 108 Second St. W., South Point, previously pleaded not guilty to burglary, a fourth-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. He rejected the state’s final offer of 17 months in jail with judicial release after six months or nine months in prison. He is facing a maximum of two years in prison. Cooper will set a trial date on April 18.