Forgery defendant pleads innocent to her six charges

Cary Ashby • Mar 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

"It's not my fault."

That's what defendant Mellanie B. Bath said in court Friday before Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway interrupted her. The judge said he didn't want her to talk about her case, but had simply asked her if she understood the felonies she was facing.

Bath, 50, of 80 Norwood Ave., Apt. 3C, is charged with six counts of forgery in connection with incidents on Dec. 19, 26 and 28 plus Jan. 9, 10 and 16. Each of the fifth-degree felonies is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars. Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Mitch Cawrse investigated the case.

The defendant, who earlier posted a $10,000 bond, has a trial date of June 26.

In a separate arraignment Friday, Emery R. Slone, 30, of 4039 Weirs Road, Willard, entered a "not guilty" plea to tampering with evidence in connection with an Oct. 15 incident.

"He is here on a summons," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who handled the proceeding.

Due to an unspecified conflict of interest with the public defender's office, the court assigned Sarah Nation to represent Slone.

The defendant remains out on a personal recognizance bond. That means Slone signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money. His trial date is June 24.

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