Lawrence man pleads guilty to drug charges

April 27, 2019

IRONTON — A Lawrence County man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court in a drug case.

Logan Berry, 22, of County Road 54, Kitts Hill, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in drugs. He could be released after serving six months in prison to the STAR Community Justice Center as part of a program that could last up to six months. Berry was sentenced by Judge Christen Finley.

In an unrelated case, Rachel Ballengee, 36, of Lower Union Street, Huntington, was sentenced to 41 months in prison by Finley. Ballengee pleaded to trafficking and possession of cocaine.

In other cases:

• Tasha Anewishki, 31, of Kyle Lane, Huntington, admitted to violating community control sanctions by failing to report. Her community control sanctions were extended by a year and she was ordered to do 400 hours of community service. She also was ordered to complete the program at STAR.

• Zachary Almekinder, 30, of the 4500 block of Roberts Drive, Ashland, pleaded innocent to charges of tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and identity fraud. No bond was set in the case since a detainer has been filed against Almekinder to face charges in another state.

• Anthony Caldwell, 24, of Stevens Road, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, pleaded innocent and not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Finley ordered Caldwell to undergo a competency evaluation at Court Clinic.

• Richard Sharp, 55, of the 1000 block of North 3rd Street, Ironton, was found competent to stand trial on charges of possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs and operating a vehicle while

impaired. The case was set for trial June 24.

• Tiffany Damron, 32, of Ohio 141, Ironton, pleaded innocent to five drug counts. A $50,000 bond was set in the case. If Damron makes bond, she is required to wear an ankle monitor pending trial.

• James Elkins, 41, of Ohio 243, Chesapeake, Ohio, pleaded innocent to a charge of forgery. He was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond and ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

• A felony charge of theft of a motor vehicle was dismissed against Ryan Edwards, 44, of Township Road 1090, Proctorville, Ohio.