Break-in defendant pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Sep 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A rural Norwalk resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to rummaging through the glove compartment of a car in a garage in the city.

Joel E. Gough, 20, of 985 Hasbrock Road, faces six to 12 months behind bars when he is sentenced Nov. 6 for breaking and entering. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in exchange for Gough's guilty plea, the state agreed to recommend "community control in some form."

On May 5, the Norwalk Police Department received the report of someone going through vehicles.

"Officers (Jared) Ferris and Dave Daniels responded," Woodruff said.

When Daniels arrived at the scene, the officer saw Gough laying across the front seat of a Ford car in a West Main Street garage and determined the defendant had rummaged through the glove compartment, he said.

Gough remains out, having posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway and Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the defendant was on non-reporting probation through Norwalk Municipal Court at the time of the burglary. The original conviction was underage consumption for a 2012 incident.

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