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City water department employee to face more charges

Scott Seitz2 • Apr 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

A city of Norwalk water treatment plant employee will face additional charges stemming from an April 2 arrest by Huron County sheriff's deputies.

Wesley Mills, 30, of Roseville, was stopped by Detective Sgt. Josh Querin and Deputy Eric Bardar on U.S. 250 in Norwalk Township as part of a drug-interdiction.

Police seized a spoon, syringes and two pipes used for allegedly smoking methamphetamines.

Mills was charged at the time with possession of drug-abuse instruments. He was already on parole from the Zanesville area for counterfeiting money.

The city never conducted a background check on Mills before hiring him.

Querin said the results on the pipes came back to the sheriff's office Friday.

"The two meth pipes sent to the lab did contain methamphetamine," he said. "There was also a small amount of cocaine in the vehicle."

Mills was placed on unpaid leave after the April 2 arrest.

He had only been employed for the city about a month, putting him within his 180-day probationary period.

"We will present all this information to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and we expect Wesley Mills to be indicted," Querin said.

Mills was still incarcerated at the Huron County Jail on Friday, but was expected to be picked up by Warren County authorities to face undisclosed charges there.

Josh Snyder, Norwalk public works director, said Friday Mills still is on unpaid leave.

Snyder said the city set up a disciplinary hearing Thursday for Mills, who was notified by a hand-delivered letter to the jail.

Mills, who was still in jail, did not attend the hearing.

Snyder said the city will summarize the results of the hearing before deciding on Mills' future employment.

If Mills is fired, the city will have to hire someone to take his place.

"We've looked at other candidates on the list," Snyder said about those who interviewed before for the job.

"I should have more on this next week," he added.

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