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Reaction To Teacher Arrest: "It's Scary"


Updated: 3/14/2013 7:15 P.M.

A lot of talk in Pleasants County after a county school teacher is arrested on multiple drug charges.

People there tell us they're disappointed at the news that middle school teacher Alexandra Lemley was arrested early Wednesday morning.

None of the people we spoke to have kids in middle school, .but added they'd be concerned if Lemley were teaching them.

"I would...and I don't think she should come back into the school system to teach," said Doris Bills.

"I have two kids in (Belmont Elementary School), and they should have random drug tests," Matthew Campbell said.

"That would be a challenge for a parent to explain why and how that happened," noted Betty Wells, "and what would be the results of that."

Lemley and three others from New Matamoras were arrested in Monroe County, after task force agents say they bought heroin, roxycodone and crack in Columbus.

A preliminary hearing for the four could be set Friday in Monroe County court.
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A teacher with Pleasants County Schools is arrested for possession and 5 other drug charges.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Alexandra Lemley was found with heroin, pills and cocaine.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says the Major Crimes Task Force helped Monroe County officials with a traffic stop involving the 27-year-old Lemley.

Three other were also in the vehicle and arrested as well.

Also arrested were Breanne Nester, along with Travis Poole and Michael Armstrong.

They were followed to Columbus and back to Monroe County, where they were apprehended.

"The Monroe County Sheriff's Office intercepted them on route 565," Sheriff Mincks said, "and in the subsequent search of the vehicles we recovered 12 grams of heroin, roxycodone pills, two grams of crack cocaine and numerous paraphernalia."

Assistant Superintendent Donna Barksdale Wednesday confirmed Lemley teaches in the Pleasants County system, but would make no other comment about her status, citing personnel issues.

Lemley's bond is set at $61,000 and she is currently being held at the Washington County Jail.

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