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Defendants held without bond on suspected probation violations

Cary Ashby • Jul 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Two defendants will be held without bond at the Huron County Jail until their next probation violation-related hearings.

Desiree M. Collins, 55, of 16-C E. Main St., Wakeman, and Norwalk resident Roy L. Staley, 44, of 12 Ford Ave., stipulated Tuesday there was probable cause they violated the terms of their respective community control sanctions. Their next hearings in Huron County Common Pleas Court are Aug. 12.

About the Collins case, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said "we're not ready to admit anything" since the allegations are related to new, unspecified felonies which have been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court.

"In addition, she tested positive for drug use," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper also told Judge Jim Conway.

Collins was placed on three years of intensive probation in April. The judge sentenced her to a 90-day jail sentence, which is to be served at the discretion of her probation officer. Collins was fined $250 and must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $40 for the cost of drug testing.

In March, Collins pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one count of tampering with evidence. During a July 27 traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ohio 60 just inside the Huron County line, deputies found crack cocaine and a suspected crack pipe in the vehicle. They had the white substance tested at the Mansfield police lab and determined it was .059 grams of cocaine.

About the Staley case, Kasper said the defendant had been out on a personal recognizance bond when he was charged with criminal trespassing and other misdemeanors. In a PR bond, means Staley signed a court document in which he promised to appear for further hearings without having to pay any money.

"He was drinking alcohol, which is a violation of his probation," Kasper said.

Longo, when addressing Staley's bond, said the judge should consider he turned himself into the Norwalk Police Department once he learned about being wanted on a separate probation violation warrant. Also, the public defender said the trespassing allegation has to do with his client being "on the wrong side" of a bridge where he was hanging out.

In early October 2012, Staley was sentenced to 90 days in jail for trafficking in heroin. He also had his driver's license for six months and was fined $250. Staley must pay $40 in restitution to the sheriff's office to cover the cost of drug testing.

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