Willard man wanted on Delaware Co. drug charges

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

A Willard man wanted on Delaware County drug charges must post a $500 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

James L. Burks, 37, of 4465 Willard West Road, was indicted on possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.

"He hasn't been served the indictment until now," Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo said at Tuesday's hearing.

"He has no intention of running from the charge. That's the worst thing he could do," Longo said, noting Burks only was in the area to provide undisclosed assistance to his parents.

With no previous felony record, Burks told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he's spent the last six months in a rehab program in Lima. Conway ordered Burks to report to Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning if he posts bond, otherwise a local hearing to re-address bail will be held the same day.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Delaware County authorities had been contacted about Burks' case and they advised they'd be picking him up soon.

In other court news:

n Amber L. Schnee, 25, of 14 Ward Ave., Apt. 30, had a probation violation-related merits hearing scheduled for Aug. 23. In February, she was sentenced to three years of community control sanctions and credited with serving 42 days in jail for complicity to theft and attempted tampering with evidence.

Schnee was arrested in November after she used checks from a closed account to obtain money, Kasper said.

Two months earlier, another suspect was detained by the Norwalk Police Department after being seen disposing of drug-related needles in a Milan Avenue business trash can. Schnee picked up the person's purse which was on the top of a police cruiser, walked away and when she was stopped, police found a syringe and heroin balloons in the purse, Kasper said.

Schnee missed numerous probation office appointments, several counseling sessions at Firelands Counseling & Recover Services and tested positive for opiates during an April drug screen, probation officer Andrea Cooke said.

At Tuesday's hearing, Conway warned Schnee that Cooke's orders and her community control sanctions must come first. The judge acknowledged he gave her "a break" when she was in court the last time and said it was good that she'd gotten another job, but said that following the rules of probation must be a priority.

"I'm not promising you any results when we come back here," Conway said.

n The Aug. 5 theft trial for Sandusky resident Kai P. Manner, 24, is expected to last about two days. Kasper said Manner and Jared Wimer, 23, also of Sandusky, are accused of stealing several video games from a Westwind Drive business in April. The prosecutor said she and Manner's defense attorney, Curtis Koch, have had "initial discussions" about a possible plea deal.

Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Pfeiffer, according to court records, couldn't serve Wimer his theft indictment May 13 because the apartment was vacant.

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