Burglar held without bond on suspected probation violations

Cary Ashby • Jan 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A former Norwalk man accused of violating his probation is being held without bond until his next court date.

Jason R. Wolford, 27, of 1223 Ramona Drive, Willard, was arrested on a Huron County Common Pleas Court probation violation warrant late Monday night. The arrest happened in Clarksfield Township.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler requested Wolford be held without bond Thursday since he reportedly tested positive for marijuana and opiates.

"He (also) had no intention of visiting his probation officer," Leffler said.

Defense attorney T. Douglas Clifford requested the court consider establishing Wolford's bond at 10 percent of $10,000 since his client hasn't missed a hearing.

Citing the concern of Wolford's positive drug test, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the defendant would be held without bond until his Feb. 11 hearing.

In early December, Wolford was fined $1,000 for taking a television set from his mother's home May 4. Huron County Public Defender David Longo had referred to the crime as "marginally a burglary" because Wolford lived at his mother's residence part of the time and wasn't "strictly prohibited" from living there.

While Wolford is in the Huron County Jail, he will be screened for possible acceptance into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Conway told the defendant that doesn't mean he will be placed in a CBCF if he's found guilty of the suspected probation violations, but the judge wanted it as a "possible alternative" for sentencing.

Wolford, who is on three years of intense probation, faces 18 months in prison.

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