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Man indicted on felony assault, endangering children charges

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- A Willow Wood, Ohio, man who whipped his stepson with a belt, covering the back of a Symmes Valley Middle School first-grader with bruises, was indicted on Tuesday afternoon on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.

Travis L. Neal, 24, of County Road 62, Willow Wood, was indicted in the case as was his wife, Jessica D. Neal, 26, also of County Road 62, Willow Wood. He also was indicted on charges of felonious assault on her 6-year-old son and endangering children on Dec. 9.

They were arrested last month after the child came to a school nurse complaining of back pains. A Lawrence County sheriff's office report said the child was whipped with a belt because the stepdad didn't like the way the child was doing his homework.

In another case, Craig P. Wysong II, 24, of County Road 66, Proctorville, and Zachary R. Taubenheim, 28, of Township Road 1090, Proctorville, both were indicted on charges of aggravated robbery. They are charged with robbing $6,700 from a convenience store clerk making a night deposit at U.S. Bank in Proctorville last Dec. 15, said Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

The grand jury returned a no bill against Richard Blackshire of Coal Grove.

Sheriff's deputies and Coal Grove police were called to Blackshire's residence on Oct. 30. Blackshire told authorities he saw a man trying to steal a motorcycle from his outbuilding. An alleged physical altercation between the homeowner and the suspect ensued, and Brandon Blake Danner, 19, of the 200 block of Dutey Drive, Coal Grove, was shot several times, Anderson said.

Blackshire said he was in fear for his life and discharged his firearm in self defense, Anderson said. While no charges were filed against Blackshire, Danner was indicted on a charge of breaking and entering.

The grand jury also indicted 11 other people including:

Christopher L. Snead, 27, of the 2900 block of 7th Avenue, Huntington, was charged with three counts of burglary.

John Waugh, 36, of Loris, S.C., was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs.

Ben Smith, 35, of the 900 block of N. 2nd Street, Ironton, was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Christopher A. Lowe, 29, of Township Road 271W, Ironton, was charged with complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.

Stephen J. Sexton, 57, of North 5th Street, Ironton, was charged with possession of a firearm in a beer or liquor permit premises, resisting arrest, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct.

Christopher M. Young, 22, of the 300 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, was charged with failure to register and failure to notify a change of address.

Misty M. Ashworth, 36, of Piketon, Ohio, was charged with possession of cocaine, falsification, possession with drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.

John M. Debelle, 29, of the 1000 block of South 5th Street, Ironton, was charged with violating a protection order or consent agreement and domestic violence.

Jeffrey S. Stephenson, 57, of the 200 block of High Street, South Point, was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants.

Donald E. Sharp, 33, of the 300 block of 2nd Avenue, Chesapeake, was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.

Shawn A. Miller, 28, of the 2600 block of South 4th Street, Ironton, was charged with theft.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.



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