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Fed Ex package lands man in prison

Fed Ex brought his weed shipment; a sheriff’s office transport van will take an Ironton man to prison for three years.

Thurman Harshbarger III, 32, of 64 Township Road 181, Ironton, pleaded guilty in May to charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. He was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. In addition to the prison sentence, Harshbarger must also pay $10,000 in mandatory fines and surrender his driver’s license for three years.

Also Wednesday, George F. Yates, 54, pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft. He was accused of stealing an estimated $18,803 in electricity from Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative between January 1995 and January 2009.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to five years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution. Under the terms of a payment plan, Yates must pay $105 biweekly. He must also serve 120 days electronically monitored home confinement.

In another case, Joseph L. Weed, 25, of 212 Mason St., South Point, pleaded guilty to charges of theft, breaking and entering, theft by deception and grand theft. Bowling sentenced him to a total of four years CCS/ISP. Weed was ordered to pay a total of $5,695 in restitution. Weed was arrested for stealing a .12 gauge shotgun, and .20 gauge shotgun, a kerosene heater, pool cues and other related items, a cowboy statue and other items.

John R. Randolph Jr., 46, of Franklin Furnace, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to felony drunken driving. Bowling sentenced him to 18 months in prison and fined him $1,350. Randolph must also surrender his driver’s license for three years.