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Break-in defendant accused of driving drunk, without license

Cary Ashby • Apr 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The break-in defendant apologized to his probation officer for missing an appointment.

Kenneth A. Bodnar, 25, of 18 Gallup Ave., is accused of violating his probation. He appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

"The basis of the violation is he continues to drive without his license and drives drunk," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Bodnar, who is on probation for an unspecified conviction through Erie County, stipulated there was probable cause for the probation violation.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Bodnar's new charges are all misdemeanors and one of them is pending.

"It was originally a felony, but was it was pled down to a misdemeanor," Longo said.

Judge Jim Conway asked Bodnar how he would get to work since his license is suspended. The defendant said his father would be willing to drive him.

"Obviously no driving. I'm disappointed you're driving now," Conway told Bodnar.

The judge ordered Bodnar to be held without bond until his April 28 merits hearing. The judge said the defendant could be released and placed on electronically-monitored house arrest, which may be payable to Bodnar or could be funded through a grant.

Bodnar was placed on three years of probation Aug. 21, 2012. In addition to a $250 fine, he and his accomplice, Nathan D. Alvord, 22, of Norwalk, must reimburse the victim $150. Bodnar also was sentenced to 60 days in jail on the work release program for complicity to breaking and entering.

The pair's convictions were for a March 7, 2012 incident when Bodnar drove Alvord to the intersection of Ohio 18 and Ohio 601. Alvord came back after the nearby break-in with about $150 in bills and loose change, which he later converted to cash at Walmart and then paid Bodnar the $30 or $40 he owed him, prosecutors said.

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