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Common pleas cases heard

Numerous cases were heard in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court last week.

• Brian Carmon, 35, of 112 Remy St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. He was eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction, and Judge Andy Ballard sentenced him to four years community-controlled sanctions (CCS) and ordered him to complete treatment.

• Bradley Collins, 55, of 126 Fifth Ave., Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a second-degree felony, and possession of drugs (methamphetamine), also a second-degree felony. Ballard sentenced him to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation (ISP) with 11 months reserved, and ordered him to complete STAR and pay court costs.

• Barry Hempill, 26, of 1055 Morgantown Road, Pinehurst, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and Ballard ordered him to complete treatment and 200 hours community service.

• Ryan Jones-Duran, 35, of 255 Kentucky St., Ashland, Kentucky, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $25,000 OR and set pretrial for Jan. 30.

• Tyler Kemper Jr., 27, of 206 Solida Road, Unit B, South Point, pleaded guilty to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. Ballard sentenced him to three days in jail suspended and ordered him to pay court costs.

• Jeremy Mayo, 29, of Mabscott, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (heroin), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard sentenced him to 60 days in jail and ordered him to pay court costs. He had already served 63 days in jail, so he does not have to serve any more time.

• Halcia Melbar, 27, of 396 County Road 70, Lot 3, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, possession of drugs (oxycodone), a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drugs (Suboxone), a misdemeanor of the first-degree. Ballard sentenced him to four years CCS under ISP with 11 months reserved, and ordered him to complete treatment.

• Larry Neal II, 40, of 8756 State Route 140, Wheelersburg, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set sentencing for Feb. 20, and ordered him to pay $638.50 in restitution.

• Corey Thomas, 31,of 182 Township Road 1175, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a fourth-degree felony, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a first-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Ballard sentenced him to four years CCS under ISP with 17 months reserved, and ordered him to complete treatment at Mended Reeds, 200 hours community service and pay court costs.

• Seth Thompson, 28, of 1905 Dixon St., Ashland, Kentucky, pleaded not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Jan. 30.

• John Bays, 43, of 914 N. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (heroin), one third-degree felony, one fourth-degree felony and one fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $75,000 cash or surety and placed him on GPS monitoring. Pretrial was set for Jan. 30.

• Michelle N. Boothe, 38, of 1405 S. Sixth St., Ironton, previously pleaded not guilty to illegal cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony, and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor. She rejected the state’s final offer of four years in prison, and is facing a maximum of eight years in prison with six months in jail if found guilty at trial. Judge Christen Finley set trial for Jan. 24.

• Samuel Browning, 33, of 751 State Route 522, Pedro, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), both fourth-degree felonies, and complicity to trafficking in drugs, also a fourth-degree felony. Finley set bond at $25,000 OR and placed him on GPS monitoring. Pretrial was set for Feb. 13.

• Donna Ingrassia, 62, of 238 Hamilton St., Coal Grove, pleaded not guilty to complicity to trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Finley set bond at $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 13.

• Robert Jones, 30, of 1578 County Road 1, South Point, previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (fentanyl), two fourth-degree felonies and one third-degree felony. In another case, he pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs (heroin), a fifth-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs (fentanyl), a felony of the fourth-degree. Finley continued bond from the first case on the second, and added a $25,000 OR bond and placed him on GPS monitoring. He must also complete weekly drug testing until his next pretrial.

• Kyle Koenig, 29, of 611 Pike St., Coal Grove, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (heroin, methamphetamine), one fifth-degree felony and one fourth-degree felony, and two counts of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies. Finley set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 6.