Man gets probation for drug-related crime

Cary Ashby • May 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A rural Norwalk man serving time for a drunken, child endangering incident was sentenced Wednesday for a separate misdemeanor.

Nicko Del Leon Raymore, 34, of 1186 E. Peru Olena Road, was fined $500 for possession of criminal tools. He also must reimburse the state Highway Patrol $35 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Raymore's conviction in Huron County Common Pleas Court is for an Oct. 14 incident when he possessed bundled marijuana and a digital, drug-related scale.

Trooper Rick Reeder, of the Milan post, was on U.S. 250 in Norwalk when he saw two people involved in an altercation. Attorneys have said the trooper contacted Raymore, who spoke to the officer, while the female suspect walked away from the scene and refused to speak to Reeder. The trooper discovered the small amount of marijuana in baggies and the scale when he searched Raymore.

"The marijuana had been bundled. It was a small amount of marijuana," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said during Raymore's late March plea hearing. "At that point, Mr. Raymore was taken into custody. He was cooperative with the officer."

As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count of trafficking in marijuana in connection with the same incident.

Judge Jim Conway, at Wednesday's sentencing hearing, suspended 90 days in jail and ordered a 90-day discretionary sentence. That means Raymore's probation officer has the option of when to impose the jail term or can ask the court to waive some or part of it if Raymore does well on community control.

If the defendant violates his two years of probation, he faces a 180-day jail sentence.

Currently, Raymore is serving 60 days in the Huron County Jail for Norwalk Municipal Court convictions on one count of child endangerment and driving under the influence. His release date is July 8.

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Dec. 27 traffic stop. Officer Dave Daniels pulled over Raymore on Milan Avenue at East Main Street. Authorities said Raymore's breath test at the station had a blood-alcohol content level of .098 percent; the legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08.

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