Local man pleads guilty to heroin crime

Cary Ashby • Mar 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A New Haven man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing heroin residue during a traffic stop.

Jonathon Stover, 29, of 2720 Prairie St., will be sentenced April 30. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of possession of criminal tools.

Stover is on probation through Summit County on an unspecified conviction.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Summit County prosecutors had filed a probation violation against the defendant and ordered him to serve four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. Woodruff said when Stover is sentenced, the state wouldn't oppose Stover going to a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Stover said he isn't on probation through anywhere else but Summit County.

"He had to confirm with his (probation officer) they aren't going to re-violate him," Huron County Public Defender David Longo also told the judge.

Stover's conviction is for a Nov. 8 incident. The Huron County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle on Ohio 61 near Plymouth when the driver failed to signal.

Woodruff said deputies found a digital scale with heroin residue on it during the traffic stop. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation tested the heroin.

"About $375 was seized in the vehicle. ... Stover admitted they were headed to Mansfield to purchase heroin," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said shortly after Stover and a rural Willard man were arrested.

Stover remains out on a $5,000 bond.

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