Bond Modification for Man Charged With Brandishing Denied

Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe on Friday denied a bond modification request for John Lough, who is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville under a $20,000 cash bond for two misdemeanor brandishing charges.

Wheeling police arrested Lough last week after a five hour off standoff. He is accused of pointing a shotgun toward his wife and children during a disturbance at a their Kruger Street home. He surrendered peacefully after talking to members of the Wheeling Police Department Crises Negotiation Team, who used a bullhorn to communicate.

At Friday’s hearing before Radcliffe, Assistant Public Defender James Tiu asked that Lough’s bond be converted to a corporate surety bond, enabling him to use a bondsman to get out of jail.

Tiu said bond amounts are set based mostly upon two factors: Risk of fleeing and danger to the community. He argued that conditions of bond could demand that Lough have no contact with the victims in the case.

He said nothing in Lough’s records suggest he has any mental conditions

Radcliffe said he would not consider bond modification without examining Lough’s criminal history, work record or any drug or alcohol problems.

“I have too many concerns to lower the bond,” he said.