Bidwell man sentenced to prison in Meigs County case

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — A Bidwell man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of robbery in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

Jerry D. Woodrow was indicted in the spring on the single count of robbery, a second-degree felony, in connection with a March 31 incident.

According to Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams, Woodrow followed a woman from Gallipolis to her residence in Meigs County. The woman pulled into her driveway and Woodrow allegedly approached her while asking for directions to Racine. When the victim started giving directions, Woodrow grabbed for her purse and the pair struggled. The victim’s husband came out of the home and Woodrow allegedly fled from the scene in his vehicle.

At the time of Woodrow’s arrest in April, Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning told the Tribune that Woodrow had allegedly been knocking on the doors of the elderly and disabled, telling them he was short on gas or something similar to gather money.

“We had a warrant on him already for passing bad checks,” Browning said at the time of the arrest. “(It was) a large amount of bad checks here in Gallia County on a separate case we were working. In the meantime, our detective worked with (Meigs County) Sheriff (Keith) Wood and his staff on cases they had up there.”

Woodrow has numerous cases in Gallia County Municipal Court involving the alleged passing of bad checks.

By Sarah Hawley

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