A Huron County grand jury indicted two Cleveland women accused of conspiring to obtain a fake prescription for Oxycodone.
Brenda J. Mahone, 42, and Marion Dent (a.k.a. Marion R. Dent-Thompson), 43, were arrested by Norwalk Police Officer James Montana at a Whittlesey Avenue business Jan. 5 after they reportedly attempted to get about 80 milligrams of Oxycodone pills, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
"The pharmacist was suspicious and called the doctor's office and found out (the prescription) was not only forged, but stolen," Woodruff added.
Mahone was charged with illegal processing of drug documents, a fourth-degree felony, while Dent faces a similar complicity charge. If convicted, each woman faces six to 18 months in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Both suspects currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail.
In a separate case, Anthony C. Harkness, 44, of 72 Glover St., was indicted Friday in connection with going to his ex-girlfriend's home without permission Jan. 1, Woodruff said. The suspect then "punched out her new man friend" with his fists, resulting in the victim suffering a busted lip and bleeding brain injury, the prosecutor said.
Harkness, who has been in jail since the incident, was charged with one count each of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony.
Others indicted include:
Amy Barnett, 30, of 34 Norwood Ave., on four counts of passing bad checks, all fifth-degree felonies, in connection with incidents on Nov. 8, 13 and 17 as well as Dec. 14. Barnett, who remains in custody, also was charged with one count of identity theft, a fourth-degree felony, in connection with a Dec. 26 incident.
Jean Boehler, 34, of 60 W. Main St., No. 24, Bellevue, on eight counts of non-support of dependents, all fifth-degree felonies, in connection with incidents between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2006. She is accused of failing to pay about $23,600 in child support for two siblings, ages 12 and 14, Woodruff said.
Lorenzo Nunez Jr., 28, of 324 Elizabeth St., Willard, on possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, in connection with a multi-county drug task force using search warrant Jan. 10 on East Tiffin Street in Willard, Woodruff said. Authorities have accused Nunez of having about 8 grams of coke.
He was released from jail Jan. 18 by posting 10 percent of $15,000 after spending eight days behind bars, a corrections officer said.
Ryan L. Sternberg, 20, of 13303 Milliman Road, on three counts of robbery, all second-degree felonies, in connection with incidents on Nov. 9, 10 and 17. He and his cousin, Michael J. Hendrickson, 23, of Vermilion, are accused of masterminding the robberies at Hy-Miler, Austin's Westside Sunoco and the C-Stop Food Store in Collins.
Sternberg had been indicted Nov. 29 on four counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, and three counts of robbery, all second-degree felonies.
Sternberg started serving an 11-month prison term Dec. 14 at Belmont Correctional Institution for two probation violations out of a local 2005 conviction on trafficking in marijuana.
Timothy West, 27, of 115 Central Ave., Willard, on breaking and entering, and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He is accused of trespassing at a New London business Jan. 7 with the intention of stealing copper, Woodruff said.
"New London police actually had the place staked out," he added.