2 sentenced in drug cases in Lawrence County

May 17, 2019 GMT

IRONTON — Two people were sentenced to jail Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court in drug cases.

John W. Bays, 44, of the 900 block of North 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in heroin. Judge Andy Ballard sentenced him to three years in prison.

In an unrelated case, Richard T. Rife, 32, of Private Drive 910, Pedro, Ohio, also was sentenced to three years in prison by Ballard. Rife earlier was charged with aggravated possession of meth, grand theft, two counts of breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and failure to comply.

In other cases:


• Rudolph Prince, 35, of Lucerine Lane, Greenup, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years. Prince also was ordered to complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, and do 200 hours of community service.

• Ashleigh Calhoun, 32, of Ripley, Ohio, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Ballard ordered Calhoun to undergo an evaluation at Court Clinic in Cincinnati.

• David L. Dodds, 40, of Jefferson Drive, Huntington, admitted violating community control sanctions in a drug case and was sentenced to 90 days in the Lawrence County Jail.

• Ahlee D. Kratzenberg, 33, of Ohio 141, Kitts Hill, Ohio, pleaded innocent to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, theft of a firearm, receiving stolen property, three counts of theft and grand theft. She was released on a $50,000 recognizance bond. She also was ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

• Brandon Mullens, 36, of Township Road 321, Ironton, pleaded innocent to aggravated possession of meth. He was released on a $25,000 recognizance bond and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor.