68-year-old accused of heroin trafficking

By Jane Beathard

June 17, 2014

A 68-year-old Columbus man was charged in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, June 17, with complicity to traffic heroin in the presence of a child.

Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello said Gordon P. Ginn does not qualify for a court-appointed attorney. The elderly man’s monthly income from Social Security and a private retirement exceeds the threshold for legal assistance.

Costello gave Ginn 10 days to hire a lawyer for a trial that is now set for Aug. 26. The judge released Ginn on a signature bond and ordered the man to undergo random drug screening. Ginn insisted that he is not a drug abuser.

Ginn is accused of driving Carmen S. Emrick, 43, of West Jefferson, to a pre-arranged drug deal in the village on Jan. 14. A police informant posed as the dealer, assistant prosecutor Nick Adkins said.

Emrick, who has a history of drug-related convictions, was also charged with heroin trafficking as a result of the January incident.

Costello appointed Melissa Upthegrove to represent Emrick at an Aug. 26 trial. The woman remains in Tri-County Regional Jail under $5,000 cash or surety bond. She will be on house arrest if bond is posted.

In other common pleas court action on Tuesday:

• Brandy D.R. Minor, 34, of London, pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen credit card on Oct. 14, 2013.

Minor, who is hearing impaired, voiced her plea through a sign language interpreter. She faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine for the fifth-degree felony. However, she is likely to be placed on community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation. Costello set sentencing for Aug. 15.

• Bobby E. Faulkner Jr., 39, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to filling a false prescription for Oxycodone at London’s Kroger pharmacy on Dec. 28, 2013. He also pleaded guilty to attempting to fill a false prescription on Dec. 26.

Additional charges involving fabricated prescriptions were dismissed.

Adkins said Faulkner used a stolen prescription pad to obtain 120 tablets of the painkiller before a pharmacist grew suspicious and alerted authorities.

Faulkner could go to prison for 11 years and pay a $25,000 fine for the second and third-degree felonies.

Costello ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Aug. 15.

• James Crawford, 37, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to single counts of check forgery and theft at London’s Kroger store between Oct. 11-15, 2013. Additional forgery and theft charges were dismissed by the prosecutor.

Crawford could go to prison for two years and pay a $5,000 fine. However, he is likely to be placed on community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation. Costello set sentencing for Aug. 15.

Crawford will likely be ordered to repay $781 to Kroger.

• Andrew R. Shortridge, 27, of West Jefferson, was charged with possessing heroin on Dec. 9, 2012.

Shortridge was indicted in February 2013.

Private attorney Debra Desantos will represent Shortridge at an Aug. 26 trial.

Costello released Shortridge on a signature bond.

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