Man accused of escaping police custody pleads innocent

Cary Ashby • Jul 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

A man entered a "not guilty" plea Monday to escaping police custody.

Jarrod C. Staton, 25, of Shelby, is charged with escape in connection with an April 17 incident. If convicted, he faces six to 12 months behind bars.

When Staton was arrested, he was picked up on a Shelby Municipal Court warrant on a charge of failure to appear. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the Shelby Police Department was meeting Willard officers to transfer custody when the suspected escape happened.

Staton must post a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial date is Aug. 21.

"This (bond) is less than what was set in municipal court," Woodruff told Magistrate Bradley Sales, who oversaw Monday's arraignments.

Three other defendants also entered "not guilty" pleas to the respective charges.

Michael B. Amburgey, 29, of 1589 Bowery St., New London, goes to trial Sept. 18 on tampering with evidence. The third-degree felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison, is in connection with a June 24 incident.

Amburgey has a July 28 hearing on a probation violation in connection with testing positive for drugs. His underlying conviction is breaking and entering. Attorneys have said Amburgey broke into a building that was being torn down and stole some copper June 19, 2013.

Jeremiah M. Bennett, 32, of 2708 Hartland Center Road, Collins, has an Aug. 14 trial date on possession of heroin in connection with a May 15 incident.

"My client has been imprisoned since May 16 on this incident," said T. Douglas Clifford, Huron County chief assistant public defender.

Clifford, while addressing bond, said he believes the probation department has lifted a holder on Bennett and didn't think the defendant ever missed a court hearing. However, Woodruff said there was a failure-to-appear charge on Bennett's criminal record from 2004.

"I respect and understand the severity of this (heroin) crime," said Bennett, who told the court his probation officer doesn't see him as a flight risk and this charge as only a setback.

Bennett's bond was set at $2,500 -- half of his bond in the same case when it went through Norwalk Municipal Court.

Austin M. Florek, 19, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 166, goes to trial Aug. 26 on one count each of burglary and theft of drugs, both in connection with a June 1 incident. If he posts a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision, he is prohibited from being on the premises of a Milan Avenue mobile home and can't have any contact with the victims.

Florek and Bennett are subject to random drug screens.

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