POMEROY — Upcoming trial dates and hearings have been set in several cases in Meigs County Common Pleas Court — including those of the siblings charged in a string of area armed gas station robberies.
The trial for Alex Craig, who is charged in connection with three armed robberies at area gas stations, has been set for August 28 following a continuance filed last week in the case.
Marcy Craig, who is also charged in the three armed robberies, will appear in court for a motions hearing on July 9, with a jury trial set to take place on July 26.
Both Craig siblings are charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in the armed robberies which occurred at three area gas stations in late March and early April of this year.
Alex Craig is also charged with two counts of kidnapping in connection with the robberies. The gun specification adds a mandatory three year sentence to be served consecutively if convicted. Each count of aggravated robbery carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, with each count of kidnapping carrying a maximum of eight years. The possible sentence on all charges would be 62 years, with a maximum potential fine of $100,000.
The three counts of aggravated robbery occurred on March 30 at the TNT Pitstop in Syracuse, April 2 at the TNT Pitstop in Chester, and April 10 at the 124 Mart near Pomeroy.
The aggravated robbery charges from the robberies at the Chester TNT Pitstop and 124 Mart both carry a gun specification. There is also a gun specification on both counts of kidnapping.
Alex Craig is currently being held on $1 million bond, with 10 percent cash allowed. Richard Hedges is representing Craig.
Marcy Craig is held on $750,000 bond, with 10 percent cash allowed. Craig has retained William Eachus as council.
Several defendants were recently arraigned in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
Eric Lawson, 38, of Pomeroy, was arraigned on one count of gross sexual imposition and five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Lawson was released on his own recognizance. A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for Oct. 1, with a trial to be held on Oct. 9. Lawson is represented by Kerry R. Toy according to court documents.
Margaret Higginbotham, of Columbus, was arraigned on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of possession. She was released on her own recognizance, with a pre-trial hearing set for July 25. Higginbotham is represented by David Baer.
Adam R. Lambert was arraigned on one count of breaking and entering. A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for June 29. Lambert is represented by Trenton Cleland.
Giles L. Hysell Jr., of New Haven, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of breaking and entering and one count of theft. Hysell was released on his own recognizance, with a pre-trial hearing for Aug. 15. Hysell is represented by Baer.
Carl Brewer, of Portland, was arraigned on two counts of burglary. Brewer was released on his own recognizance with a pre-trial hearing set for Aug. 13. Brewer is represented by Baer.
Logan Grate, of Tuppers Plains, was arraigned on two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of theft. Grate was released on his own recognizance, with a pre-trial hearing in the case set for Aug. 13. He is represented by Baer.
Jamie Dailey was arraigned on one count of sexual battery. Dailey was release on a $15,000 bond, with a pre-trial hearing set for Aug. 13. Dailey is represented by Charles Knight.
Michael McDonald was arraigned on a probation violation.
A guilty plea was recently entered in Meigs County Common Pleas Court by: Mary Todd, grand theft of motor vehicle (felony of the fourth degree), driving under suspension, and failure to control; April Edwards, burglary; Nathan Grimm, two counts non-support of dependants; Jennifer Partlow, grand theft; Eric Priddy, misdemeanor unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Sentencing in the cases will be held at a later date.
Recently sentenced were, Joshua Kimes, two years community control, theft of drugs (felony of the fourth degree) and aggravated possession of drugs (felony of the fourth degree); Christopher McDaniel, 12 months prison, revoke community control — original charge of attempted aggravated assault; Charles Williamson, 12 months prison, receiving stolen property.