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High-speed chase leads to prison term for Sheffield man

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

A Lorain County man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for leading police on a high-speed chase in April.

Anthony Hartman, 28, of Sheffield, traveled at an average speed of 80 mph from Norwalk to Clyde, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The state Highway Patrol, deputies from Huron and Sandusky counties as well as Monroeville and Bellevue police officers were involved in the 24-mile pursuit.

Hartman went left of center on U.S. 20 between Bellevue and Clyde when officers had his vehicle boxed in, Leffler said. The driver also managed to avoid stop sticks deployed by Sandusky County sheriff's deputies near Clyde, where the chase eventually ended.

He pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order of a police officer and had his driver's license suspended for three years. Leffler said Hartman earlier served four years in prison for felonious assault and robbery.

In other court action:

Mary A. Keene, 27, formerly of 103 Fourth St., Willard, was sentenced Tuesday to 35 days in the Huron County Jail and three years of probation for possession of heroin. The court suspended her driver's license for six months and fined her $500.

Keene and another women went to an 85-year-old Willard man's home, saying they had to use the bathroom. They then used the room to shoot up heroin, Leffler said. The man suspected something might have been stolen and reported the incident to the Willard Police Department.

After serving her jail term, Keene could be eligible to spend up to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment, Leffler said.

Alberto Orthatho, 19, of 202 Motson St., Willard, was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and three years of probation for a 2007 burglary. The court also fined him $500.

Authorities found Orthatho under a mattress after he crept into his ex-girlfriend's home, Leffler said.

Jesse R. Williams, 24, of Plainfield, Ind., waived his extradition hearing Thursday on a Hendricks County, Ind. probation violation charge in connection with resisting arrest. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he understands Indiana authorities will pick him in a "timely manner."

In 2005, the former Norwalk resident had a local 2005 theft of a credit card charge dismissed by the state. On July 24, 2002, Williams was sentenced to one year in prison for failing to comply with the order of a police officer.

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