Theft suspect's case transferred back to municipal court

Aaron Krause • Jun 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The case of a Willard man accused of theft has been transferred back to Norwalk Municipal Court for him to possibly plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

The trial of Curtis M. Hale, 34, of 515 E. Howard St., was scheduled to take place Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Hale stole items out of an apartment building being renovated in Willard. Some of the equipment was brand new and some was construction equipment. The alleged crime occurred on Jan. 23.

At a hearing today, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the material was of "questionable value" to the property.

Kasper responded by saying that that crime Hale is accused of is close to meeting the threshold of a felony, but is a misdemeanor. Kasper said that's why the state didn't oppose the case's transfer back to Norwalk Municipal Court.

The defendant earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He is prohibited from being on the Pearl Street, Willard, victim's property.

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