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By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com



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Two former employees of DC Engineering & Development in London were arraigned in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, April 24, charged with stealing more than 37,000 pounds of copper wire and scrap metal from the business.


City residents Clayton J. Henderson, 48, and Jonathon Conwell, 25, were indicted earlier this month on charges of complicity to grand theft and possession of criminal tools, stemming from incidents between March and October 2013.


Defense attorney Mike Murray entered not guilty pleas for the men and indicated he will challenge both indictments prior to their June 24 trial.


Judge Eamon Costello released both Henderson and Conwell on signature bonds.


In other common pleas court arraignments on Thursday:


• Brandy D.R. Minor, 34, of London, was charged with possessing a stolen credit card on Oct. 14, 2013.


Costello appointed Jennifer Hitt to represent Minor at a June 24 trial and released the woman on a signature bond.


• April D. Mills, 44, of Columbus, was charged with smuggling marijuana to London Correctional Institution inmate Paul Stapleton on March 16.


Costello appointed Seth Schertzinger to represent Mills at a June 9 trial. The woman remains in Tri-County Regional Jail under a $10,000 bond.


Stapleton, 39, was also charged in the smuggling plot.


Costello appointed the state public defender’s office to represent Stapleton at a June 24 trial.


Stapleton is currently serving eight years for manufacturing methamphetamine in Licking County. He is due for release in December 2016.


• Jeremy Nagel, 36, of London, was charged with possessing heroin and crack cocaine on Aug. 13, 2013.


Costello appointed Dale Frenz to represent Nagel at a June 24 trial and released the man on house arrest.


Nagel’s co-defendant, Christa M. Towe, 35, was charged with possessing heroin on the same date.


Costello appointed Fred Ballam to represent Towe on June 24 and released the woman on house arrest with electronic monitoring.


• Vance E. Brown, 44, of London, pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, stemming from an auto accident on Dec. 15, 2013.


Defense attorney D. Timothy Huey will represent Brown at a June 24 trial.


Costello released the man on a signature bond.


• Marcus Toles, 23, of London, was charged with carrying a concealed loaded weapon on Feb. 1, 2014.


Toles said he will hire an attorney within 10 days to represent him at a June 24 trial. Costello released the man on a signature bond.


• Prison inmate Jason L. Bayles, 39, was charged with possessing a deadly weapon in Madison Correctional Institution between Dec. 5-17, 2013.


Bayles is currently serving 35 years to life for aggravated murder and robbery in Cuyahoga County. As a result, the current charge is a first-degree felony.


Costello denied the inmate’s request to immediately plead guilty and avoid future hearings. He appointed the state public defender’s office to represent Bayles at a June 24 trial.


State records show Bayles went to prison in 1995. He was 20 years old at the time and avoided the death penalty by accepting a plea bargain. His first parole hearing is set for 2027.


• Heather M. Scott, 32, South Bloomfield, was charged with theft from a local elderly person on March 11.


Costello appointed Robert Bannerman to represent Scott at a June 26 trial and released the woman on a signature bond.


• Brian Mossbarger, 24, Mt. Sterling, was charged with one count of felonious assault, stemming from a March 8 fight at The Crown Sports Lounge, 289 Lafayette St., London.


Attorney Benjamin Luftman entered a not guilty plea for Mossbarger and said he will represent the man at a June 26 trial.


Costello ordered Mossbarger placed on house arrest with work privileges.


• Carrie Rayburn, 29, London, was charged with theft of a credit card on March 15.


Costello appointed Dustin Blake to represent Rayburn at a June 26 trial and released the woman on a signature bond.


• Roger A. Lowe, 59, of West Jefferson, was charged with felony domestic violence, stemming from a Feb. 12 incident in the village.


Costello appointed Joe Edwards to represent Lowe and set a trial date of June 26.


Lowe is currently serving 400 days in Tri-County Regional Jail for an unrelated conviction.


• Brandon D.I. Noland, 23, of Columbus, was charged with fleeing West Jefferson police on April 7.


Costello appointed Josh Peistrup to represent Noland at a June 26 trial. Noland was released from jail after posting a $10,000 surety bond.


Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.


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