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Attorney appointed in rape case

An Ironton man who was arrested on Christmas Day for the alleged rape of a girl under 18 was appointed a new attorney in the courtroom of Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Christen Finley on Wednesday, after he couldn’t retain the attorney that he had hired.

Clarence Felty, 44, of 160 Woodlawn Drive, Ironton, had previously pleaded not guilty to rape, a first-degree felony. He was not able to retain his hired lawyer and Finley appointed attorney Roger Smith to represent him. Pretrial was set for March 13.

In other cases:

• Jacob Cochran, 25, of 84 Ison Road, Franklin Furnace, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Finley set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 13.

• Dylan Dailey, 20, of 1109 ½ Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. Finley set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 6.

• John Hodge, age unknown, of 10985 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Finley set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 6.

• Justin Lambert, 22, of 236 County Road 3, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to theft of the elderly, a fifth-degree felony. Finley sentenced him to four years community-controlled sanctions (CCS) under intensive supervised probation (ISP) with 11 months reserved. He was also ordered to pay $880 in restitution back to the victim.

• Danny Spurlock, 26, of 1514 S. Amber Lane, Catlettsburg, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. In another case, he admitted CCS violations. Finley sentenced him to a total of 47 months in prison.

• Walter Bocook, 46, 532 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, admitted CCS violations. Judge Andy Ballard sentenced him to eight months in prison.

• Daniteleen Hodge, 47, of 10985 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $2,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.

• Albert Jenkins, 27, of 724 Lawrence St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. In another case, he admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced him to 10 months in prison.

• James King, 35, of 271 County Road 1, Lot 48, South Point, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $15,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.

• Tiffany Laber, 30, of 2220 N. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to four counts of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), two third-degree and two fourth-degree felonies. Ballard set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and $50,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 20.

• Megan Lawhon AKA McCoy, 26, of 1873 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), both fifth-degree felonies, and two counts of possession of drug abuse instruments, both second-degree misdemeanors, over two cases. In a third case, she pleaded not guilty to failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 13.

• Billy Layman, 50, of 10857 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a third-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $10,000 OR and ordered him not to drive. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.

• Donald Porter II, 40, of 30 Township Road 1079, Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $2,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.

• Doris Sharp, 26, of 1431 Offnere St., Portsmouth, admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced her to five months in prison. Another case of burglary, a fourth-degree felony, is still pending.

• Jason Smith, 40, of 2232 Spring Valley Drive, Huntington, West Virginia, admitted CCS violations. Ballard ordered him to complete STAR with 11 months reserved.

• George Stanley, 35, of 6028 County Road 15, South Point, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. Ballard set bond at $15,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.

• Bridget Ellis, 37, of 2606 County Road 144, South Point, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Feb. 20.

• Angela Depriest, 47, of 111 Township Road 1101 E., South Point, pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. Ballard continued a cash or surety bond from lower court and set a $25,000 OR bond. Pretrial was set for Feb. 27.