Drugs, Domestic Violence and Rape Among Belmont County Arraignments

Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John M. Solovan II on Thursday arraigned several individuals arrested during a sweep by the Belmont County Drug Task Force in January.

Richard Thomas Kenney, 41, 65659 West Echo Road, Neffs, pleaded not guilty to one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the first degree, and one count of illegal assembly/possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, both occurring Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 19 years. An April 3 trial is set, and his bond of $10,000 was continued.

His co-defendant, Sloma Esther Waryck, 25, 65659 West Echo Road, Neffs, pleaded not guilty to endangering children, a felony of the third degree. She faces a maximum of 36 months after a two-year-old child was found at a home where authorities discovered an alleged meth lab. A July 1 trial is set.

In a separate case, Martin Edgar Regoli, 55, 65201 Union St., Neffs, pleaded not guilty to illegal manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the first degree, and illegal assembly/possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the second degree, both occurring Jan. 17, 2014. A May 15 is set, and bond was continued at $27,500.

In another matter, Tyrel Maurice Simmons, 21, 816 West Vine St., Martins Ferry, pleaded not guilty to two counts trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Oct. 21, 2013. Bond was continued at $8,000 and a May 8 trial is scheduled.

Andrew Hython, 51, 816 Vine St., Martins Ferry, also pleaded not guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school, a felony of the third degree occurring Dec. 8, 2012. A trial date of July 17 is set. Bond was continued at $10,000.

David Scott McCord, 35, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Dec. 7. His trial is set for June 5, and bond was continued at $2,500.

Michael William Maleski, 48, Barnesville, pleaded not guilty to domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Feb. 5. A trial is schedule for June 24. Bond was continued at $2,500.

In another matter Thursday, Alex Joseph Davtovich, 27, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, a felony of the first degree, and gross sexual imposition of a child, a felony of the third degree, all occurring Oct. 1, 2012.

The rape charges each carry the possibility of life without parole for 15 years. He could face 30 years in prison with an additional five years for the imposition charge. Solovan set a May 13 trial date. If convicted, Davtovich would be designated a tier three offender. He also faces pending charges in another county.