Defendants held without bond

Cary Ashby • Feb 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A convicted heroin dealer and burglar are being held without bond in the Huron County Jail until their next hearings.

In one case, Elizabeth B. Long, 22, of 8906 Branson Road, was arrested at 5:06 p.m. Friday and charged with failing to appear for her earlier bond revocation hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Norwalk Police Officer Michael Biller made the warrant arrest at the Spin Dry Laundry Inc. on Bank Street.

"While conducting a search incident to an arrest, officers found five strips of Suboxone inside her jacket," Biller wrote in his report.

Suboxone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat opioid addiction.

Authorities have further accused Long of using heroin while she was out on bond.

Long, who was in court Wednesday, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge. Her conviction is for a July 30 transaction she arranged with a confidential informant at the McDonald's on the north side of Norwalk. The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated the controlled buy.

"She sold two balloons of heroin to the confidential informant. ... There were numerous juveniles in the vicinity of the sale," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said earlier.

Deputies recovered six heroin balloons and $120 at the scene.

Long, who will be sentenced March 26, faces a recent Erie County indictment on complicity to possession of heroin.

In the other local case heard Wednesday, former Norwalk resident Joshua A. Lykins, 30, who reports to be homeless now, admitted there is probable cause he violated the terms of his probation. His next hearing is March 3.

"He tested positive just last Friday for a number of drugs, including marijuana and opiates," assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Wednesday.

"He's aware of what the allegations are," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Lykins was placed on three years of intensive probation starting in mid-January 2013. He had pleaded guilty to two amended counts of burglary for incidents on July 24 and Aug. 7, 2012.

Judge Jim Conway ordered Lykins to pay $3,475 in restitution to the male victim to cover the replacement of a window and a large amount of missing coins. The defendant also was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Lykins faces 18 months in prison for a probation violation.

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