BY DEBBIE WACHTER MORRIS DMORRIS@NCNEWSONLINE.COM





A roundup of alleged drug offenders by state and city police resulted in arrests of four city residents. Three are awaiting preliminary hearings, which were continued Wednesday in Lawrence County Central Court. Donna Gravatt, 36, of Apt. 3, 102 Terrace Ave., waived her preliminary hearing. Proceedings have been rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 30 for Thomas Hughes "Hank" Kimbell Jr., 44, of Friendship Street; Judy Marie Trott, 45, of 1119 Booker Drive; and Rashad Andre Fitzpatrick, 23, of 1139 Booker Drive. The four were arrested on July 26. Gravatt faces two sets of charges, including four felonies, for allegedly possessing and selling 0.64 grams and 0.74 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover trooper on two occasions in February and in March while under surveillance, police allege. She also is charged with conspiring with Samuel A. Cheeks, who was previously arrested on drug charges. Gravatt is accused of going to get the drugs from Cheeks, who lived next door at 32 Terrace Ave. The trooper said each time he watched Cheeks and Gravatt make an exchange, then she returned and gave him a plastic bag containing the crack in exchange for money. She remains in the Lawrence County jail. Kimbell, also in the county jail, was arrested at his home. He faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges for allegedly possessing and selling 1.3 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant Dec. 20, while under police surveillance. Trott is charged with criminal conspiracy with Fitzpatrick to sell crack cocaine. Police said a confidential informant made a controlled buy while under surveillance in the area of Booker Drive on Aug. 2, 2005. Police explained Trott had called Fitzpatrick, who took 1.6 grams of crack cocaine to her residence, where she sold it to the informant. Trott and Fitzpatrick are free on bail. Fitzpatrick is charged with possession and with selling the 1.6 grams of crack to Trott. He also is charged with criminal conspiracy. The alleged offenders were arrested on warrants during a detail executed by the state police in New Castle and Troop D in Butler and the New Castle Police Department. Anthony Mangino, a New Castle patrolman, said the detail was part of a saturation patrol executed by the state and city police. A similar patrol was conducted Wednesday, netting numerous traffic citation arrests and two arrests of people wanted on warrants for non-drug related offenses, Mangino said. "This is part of our continuing efforts to clean up New Castle, by working with the state police and other local law enforcement agencies," New Castle Mayor Wayne Alexander said. He noted Friendship Street has been a target area for drugs. The charges were filed against the four alleged drug offenders by state police Trooper Gregory A. Walton of Butler on July 21 and 24. Although some of the controlled drug buys were made during 2005, the people involved were part of other ongoing drug investigations, he said, noting all were arrested during the early morning, at or near their homes.



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