Faith Scott (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
Faith Scott (Photo courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
Three suspects in an armed robbery at Larry’s Party Shop in Hillsboro appeared in court Thursday morning, with one arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court and two juveniles appearing in Highland County Juvenile Court for a detention hearing.

As previously reported by The Highland County Press, a male entered the Muntz Street business before 8:51 p.m. Tuesday and brandished a weapon at the store’s two employees. Hillsboro Police Sgt. Shawn Kelley said the suspect demanded money from the store’s cash drawer and fled on foot with an unspecified amount of cash.

 


Faith Scott, 19, of Hillsboro was arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court Thursday. Scott has been charged with complicity, a first-degree felony; receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both first-degree misdemeanors. A $100,000 bond was set, and a preliminary hearing for Scott’s case is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

The courts have also ordered no contact among all three individuals facing charges.

Following a restraint hearing, during which Highland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer determined that both juveniles should remain restrained during court proceedings Thursday morning, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old appeared in Juvenile Court. Both juveniles will remain at the Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe.

“Without question, these two young men shall and will be ordered to remain in detention,” Greer said.

Charges have not been officially filed, as the case was turned over to the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office. However, Greer told the juveniles the case was “as serious as it gets.”

“Based on the information I read, it could be as serious as both of you being tried as adults,” Greer said. “If certain charges are filed, based on my review of the information, it’s possible it would be required of this court to bind you over and transfer you to the adult court system.

“There are other lesser charges that could be filed as well.”

A pretrial for the two juveniles has been scheduled for Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Greer appointed Denny Kirk and William Armintrout as counsel for the juveniles and told the juveniles that they could consult with the attorneys in the event they believe there is a conflict of interest with Greer hearing the case.

“The owner [of the business] is a county commissioner,” Greer said. “The commissioners do take a look at our budgets, and we have a working relationship with them.

“Because of the owner also being a public official and elected official in this county, as am I, you will be talking to your attorneys about whether you want me to hear the case or if you feel like there’s a conflict there.”

Greer told the juveniles that he “cannot emphasize enough, this is an extremely serious incident and it’s going to be handled and treated that way by me.”

“If I find this charge is true, you put two young ladies in fear of their life,” Greer told the juveniles. “That’s something they’re going to have to live with probably for the rest of their lives. You may not have looked at it this way, but you put your own selves at risk. Property owners have a right to defend their property, and you’re darn lucky they didn’t take action to defend themselves.”