Man held without bond on positive drug screen

Cary Ashby • Jun 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

A New London man stipulated Thursday there was probable cause he violated his probation in connection with a positive drug screen.

Michael B. Amburgey, 29, of 87 Birch Park, will be held without bond until his next hearing, July 28, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

"He has been on community control since October of last year. He tested positive for a number of drugs. Futhermore, he has a felony working its way through the prosecutor's office," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said, referring to a charge of tampering with evidence.

Amburgey's underlying conviction is breaking and entering. As part of a plea deal in mid-September, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence.

Attorneys have said Amburgey stole some copper during the June 19, 2013 break-in, which they also called a "scrapping case" and a serious crime.

"They were tearing down buildings. ... He broke into a building where the copper was being stored," assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in the fall.

Amburgey, who was given a 60-day discretionary jail term in late October, was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution as part of his three years of probation. Judge Jim Conway also ordered him to pursue his GED and employment. Amburgey earlier served 33 days in the Huron County Jail.

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