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Domestic violence suspect arrested with heroin syringe

Cary Ashby • Apr 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

A Norwalk man wanted in connection with a 2011 suspected domestic violence incident was arrested this weekend with heroin-related paraphernalia.

Brian J. Maynard, 31, of most recently of 55 1/2 Milan Ave., was booked into the Huron County Jail on Sunday on charges stemming from a May 31, 2011 incident at his home.

"It was a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. She attempted to use her cell phone to contact the police during the incident. He grabbed the phone and broke it," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said.

The girlfriend, who is now 27, sustained bruises on her arms, face and legs, Christophel said. It's unknown if she was treated at the scene or went to the hospital.

"(Maynard) was not arrested that night," Christophel said.

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge later issued a civil protection order in the case and on June 1, 2011, issued a warrant for Maynard's arrest.

Maynard was arrested at 2:07 p.m. Sunday on Walnut Street. Norwalk police reported the suspect, whom they called "a known heroin user," also was wanted on by the Erie County Sheriff's Office on possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

"A search of Mr. Maynard's person, incident to his arrest, revealed a hypodermic syringe in his left pants pocket," Officer Zach O'Neil wrote in his report. "A piece of cotton was located in the cap of the syringe. The cotton was brown in color and appears to have been used as a filter prior to injecting heroin."

Police seized the cotton as evidence and sent it to a lab for analysis.

Maynard is charged with disrupting public service, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence. The felony is punishable by one year to 18 months in prison.

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