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Norwalk resident sent back to prison

Cary Ashby • Nov 18, 2017 at 10:00 PM

A convicted drug dealer has been sentenced to prison for violating the terms of his early release.

Joseph C. Chaffee, 27, formerly of 272 Whittlesey Ave., was ordered to complete his original 34-month prison sentence Wednesday for possession of heroin and two counts of trafficking in heroin. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also sentenced him to 17 months for one count each of domestic violence and endangering children, which he ordered to run consecutive to the other prison term.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested Chaffee on July 23.

In a separate case, Carlos J.E. Medina, 23, who reports being homeless in Norwalk, was sentenced Thursday to 12 months in prison. His conviction is failure to comply with the order or signal of police officer.

Also, Medina has his driver’s license suspended for 10 years. He also must pay $13,480 in restitution. 

Medina stole a car from the 100 block of East Main Street the afternoon of July 19. Police determined he drove west on Main, veering off and through a yard at the corner of West Main Street and Vinewood Drive. The car went north on Vinewood then cut through some yards to Marion Drive, where it proceeded to head south to Main.

There was a collision with a pickup truck east of H&B’s Hop. The car flipped and came to rest on its roof in the middle of the road. A manhunt took place for about an hour before Medina finally was arrested near Sycamore Hills Golf Course.

The car owner has said she doesn’t regret picking up Medina in North Fairfield, noting it was a hot day and picking him up to take him to the store was the right thing to do. She also said she was with some friends who know Medina, who planned to walk from Doug Walcher Farms in North Fairfield to Willard to purchase a phone card.

In other court news:

• Stacy R. Cole, 27, formerly of 8221 Ohio 61, Apt. 21, Plymouth, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility during her three years of probation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Cole’s convictions are one count each of trafficking in heroin in vicinity of juvenile and possession of heroin. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office arrested her Oct. 6.

• John D. Howell, 48, most recently of 614 Park St., Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days of discretionary jail time for possession of oxycodone and trafficking in alprazolam. He also was ordered to reimburse an undisclosed amount to the Willard Police Department during his three years of probation. Discretionary jail time means Howell’s probation officer can establish times when he will serve part or all of the sentence without a hearing.

• John T. Jason, 27, of 5 W. Second St., North Fairfield, was sentenced Wednesday to four to six months in a CBCF for violating his probation. His underlying conviction is tampering with evidence.

• Jordan R. Mellon, 32, of 147 McKim St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felonious assault. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of attempt to commit an offense (murder), a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Mellon remains in jail awaiting his Jan. 3 sentencing hearing. He has been unable to post a $1 million bond since the Bellevue Police Department arrested him Sept. 1.

• Brian C. Rinner, 25, of 107 S. Linwood Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of grand theft of a firearm and theft of drugs. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed one count each of grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Rinner remains in jail awaiting sentencing on Jan. 3. He has been in custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond since Norwalk police arrested him Aug. 26.

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