Burglary, drug defendants make first appearance in court

Cary Ashby • Jun 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A convicted sex offender recently pleaded "not guilty" to being in his ex-girlfriend's residence without permission.

Eric L. Carroll, 21, of 26 Spring St., Apt. C-9, is charged with burglary in connection with an April 13 incident. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the defendant is accused of entering a recent ex-girlfriend's residence without permission, but said there is no indication of Carroll reportedly entering by force or stealing anything. Longo said Carroll apparently was inside without permission.

As a condition of his $10,000 bond, Carroll is prohibited from being on the woman's North Pleasant Street residence. The defendant, whose trial date is July 22, said he has a prior felony conviction, but he isn't on probation.

If convicted of the burglary, Carroll faces six to 18 months in prison. The defendant would be eligible for a prison sentence due to his earlier conviction.

In a separate case involving Carroll, he has a July 1 trial date on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. The fourth-degree felony is in connection with an April 5 incident. Longo has said Carroll's underlying adjudication is a misdemeanor through juvenile court and may not have required registration.

Several other defendants were in court and also entered "not guilty" pleas to their respective charges.

• Nicholas Bell, 27, of Akron, goes to trial July 31 on burglary. The second-degree felony, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison, is in connection with an Aug. 23 incident.

Bell told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he is on parole and recently was released from prison. In the burglary case, Bell must post a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision before being released from jail.

• Brooke A. Deak, 25, of 23 Newton St., Apt. 9-D, has a July 31 trial date on five counts of forgery. The fifth-degree felonies are in connection with two incidents on March 27 plus suspected offenses on March 31, April 3 and 7.

"There was another drug case bound up and we're awaiting the drug (test) results," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff told the judge.

On May 21, Deak waived her right for prosecutors to present evidence for a preliminary hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court. Judge Eric Weisenburger had one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin transferred to common pleas court for a possible grand jury indictment. The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the suspected May 15 incidents, according to court records.

• Sean A. Goble, 29, of Lorain, is charged with trafficking in heroin in connection with a Jan. 16 incident. He must post a $5,000 bond before being released from jail.

Longo said Goble, whose trial date is July 22, told him he has probation violations pending in Erie and Lorain counties. The Erie County disposition hearing is scheduled for June 30.

• Jack J. Leimeister, 21, of 25 Welton Ave., is charged with possession of heroin in connection with a March 16 incident. He goes to trial July 31 and must post a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision before being released from jail.

"I was just terminated from probation unsuccessfully about a month ago," Leimeister told the judge.

Longo said his client was on misdemeanor probation at the time of the suspected offense.

• Chad A. Maynard, 33, of 42 E. Main St., Berlin Heights, has a July 24 trial date on four counts of theft of drugs. The third-degree felonies, which are punishable by nine months to three years in prison, are in connection with incidents on Feb. 6, 23, March 6 and 11.

Maynard is prohibited from having any association with the Norwalk male victim or be on his premises if he posts a $5,000 bond.

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