Norwalk teen jailed for probation violation

Cary Ashby • Oct 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk teenager who admitted to violating his felony probation will spend six months in jail -- after he finishes a 90-day term for three misdemeanor convictions.

Kenneth L. Ansel II, 19, of 16 E. Quail Hollow Drive, already is serving time for Norwalk Municipal Court convictions for attempted theft, underage consumption and disorderly conduct.

Ansel was in Huron County Common Pleas Court on Monday for a series of felony probation violations. Due to the admissions, the judge imposed a theft of credit cards conviction, which hadn't been entered into court records earlier because the defendant was on the intervention program.

His probation violations included three Sept. 17 incidents: Violating a verbal order from his probation officer about being on house arrest, a curfew violation that same day and providing a urine sample at the jail that tested positive for marijuana. Another violation was Ansel pleading guilty to the attempted theft and underage consumption charges Sept. 23.

Probation officer Dexter Chandler shared Ansel's set of lengthy violations Monday in court.

In March, Ansel was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with a Bouscay Avenue fight involving two female subjects, Chandler said.

Then on May 28, Ansel left the Norwalk Walmart without paying for three cases of Bud Light, police said. Chandler said there was surveillance footage that supported the allegation and Ansel subsequently went to a Milan Avenue hotel with the beer, where there was an altercation in which one of the subjects from the Bouscay Avenue fight was present.

When officers interviewed people at the hotel, they determined many of the subjects were underage and they blamed Ansel -- who wasn't there by the time police arrived -- for providing the beer, Chandler said. The probation officer used the authorization of the court to impose a two-day jail sentence.

Chandler said while Ansel was on house arrest through common pleas court, he admitted to being in Parma to retrieve some of his clothes.

Most recently, Ansel was arrested about 11:25 p.m. Sept. 16 in connection with rifling through a Grand Avenue resident's vehicle.

"As officers responded, the subject fled north, scaling several fences to escape. Officer (Jeremy) Schick gave chase and apprehended (Ansel)," Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Smith said in his report.

Police seized the suspect's backpack, coat and wallet with his ID near the victim's vehicle and logged the items into evidence. Chandler said officers gave Ansel a sobriety test in which his blood-alcohol content level tested at .178 percent; that's more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent for Ohio drivers.

"At 19 years of age, I think that's excessive," Chandler said at Monday's hearing.

Ansel told Judge Jim Conway he still intends to live in Mississippi after his jail terms and live with his mother. After he finishes the misdemeanor and then the felony sentences, his felony probation will be revoked.

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