Drug defendant is no-show for hearing

Cary Ashby • Jul 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

An accused drug dealer failed to attend his pre-trial hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Brian L. Strausbaugh, 32, most recently of Fremont, is charged with one count of trafficking in drugs. A Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment April 12 in which it's alleged the suspect used a 2004 Buick to commit the suspected offense.

Strausbaugh, whose trial date is Aug. 20, was released on a personal recognizance bond after his arraignment in early May.

He had been arrested on the local warrant May 6 when the Sandusky County Jail informed local authorities that the jail was finished with him on undisclosed Sandusky County charges. Strausbaugh was transported to the Huron County Jail without incident.

In court late Monday afternoon, Judge Jim Conway said Strausbaugh had called court officials about 1 p.m. to say he was on the way and should arrive by 4. The judge heard other cases after finally calling Strausbaugh's; the defendant wasn't in the courtroom at the time.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said it's possible his client "overshot" Norwalk while driving from the Fremont area. He also noted his secretary was attempting to track down Strausbaugh.

Conway, at the request of Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, issued a warrant for Strausbaugh's arrest.

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