Woman arrested on warrant before court hearing

Cary Ashby • Feb 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

A former Willard woman was arrested on a Richland County warrant Monday shortly before her pre-trial hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Arielle A. Aldrich, 23, of Columbus, was escorted into the courtroom by investigator Bob McDowell, of the Huron County Prosecutor's Office. A Huron County sheriff's deputy then placed her in handcuffs.

Aldrich, who was arrested on an unspecified Ontario Police Department warrant, remained in handcuffs during her pre-trial hearing. She had been out on a $5,000 bond.

After Monday's hearing, Aldrich was released to Richland County authorities.

Aldrich, whose local trial date is March 27, is charged with one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. She was one of three suspects arrested after the Oct. 16 buy-bust involving a confidential informant on Walton Avenue in Willard.

Her co-defendant is Jeremy D. Robinson, 22, also of Columbus. He faces the same three fifth-degree felonies, which are punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

The Huron County drug task force found numerous syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia during a search of Aldrich's then-Myrtle Avenue residence, Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon afterward. Police contacted Huron County Children Services because Aldrich's and Robinson's 1-year-old son lived at the residence. Robinson, who had been living at the same residence, also was there.

Sheriff Dane Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick and the Willard and Monroeville police departments assisted with the investigation.

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