Rape, burglary suspects get trial dates

Cary Ashby • Aug 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

A rape suspect was one of several defendants who entered "not guilty" pleas this week to their respective charges in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Jeffrey G. Knox, 37, of 1846 Clinton Road, Apt. 8, Collins, faces one count each of rape, attempted rape and burglary in connection with a July 6 incident. The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested him near the suspected crime scene.

Knox must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. If he posts bail, he isn't allowed to enter the premises of a residence in the 1700 block of Clinton Road and isn't allowed to have any association or contact with the 28-year-old female victim.

A sexual assault nurse examined and evaluated the woman when she was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Deputies, who interviewed Knox, the suspected victims and some witnesses, sent evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

"She is from out of the area. ... He was not invited there in any shape or form," said Detective Rich Larson, who assisted Sgts. Bill Duncan and Chuck Summers with the investigation.

Larson has said deputies received "conflicting information from other people at the house" about how Knox entered the residence.

"When he was confronted by other people at the house, he fled," Larson said soon after Knox was arrested.

Knox, who was arraigned Monday, has a trial date of Sept. 23.

In another case heard Tuesday, Kenneth M. Grossbeck, 32, of Sandusky, has a Nov. 18 trial on one count of complicity to burglary. The third-degree felony, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison, is in connection with a June 24 incident.

"He was served (a summons) several weeks ago," defense attorney James Joel Sitterly said.

Grossbeck said he has a prior felony conviction, but currently isn't on probation. As a condition of his $10,000 bond which he posted earlier, he is prohbited from being on the premises of a Harkness Street residence.

In other cases:

• Robert E. Belt Jr., 25, of 110 Washington St., Willard, goes to trial Sept. 30 on domestic violence in connection with an Oct. 30 incident. His indictment says he has "been convicted of two or more offenses of domestic violence." If Belt posts a $15,000 bond, he is prohibited from having any association with the female victim.

• Micheal-Marie K. Childs, 26, of 43 State St., goes to trial Sept. 18 on theft of drugs in connection with a July 3 incident. She isn't allowed to have any association with the victim or be on the premises of an East Main Street property. Childs is out on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she signed a court document in which she promised to appear for future hearings.

• Rodney J. Dewiel, 46, 1479 W. Collins Road, Collins, has a Sept. 25 trial on multiple drug charges. He is charged with complicity to trafficking in heroin in connection with a Jan. 23 incident. Dewiel, who was being held in lieu of 10 percent of a $5,000 bond Monday, also faces one count each trafficking in marijuana and complicity to trafficking in marijuana, each stemming from a Jan. 14 offense.

• Shaun M. Lykins, 29, of 81 Townsend Ave. Lot 10, goes to trial Nov. 13 on three counts of trafficking in heroin in connection with incidents on May 6 plus June 2 and 5. The defendant is out on a $5,000 bond.

• Lindsay M. Salyers, 29, of 135 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, goes to trial Nov. 4 on one count of possession of cocaine and one count of possession of methamphetamine, each in connection with an April 17 incident. Salyers, who is out on a $5,000 bond, told Judge Jim Conway she was convicted of a felony in Sandusky County when she was 18, but she didn't say what the charge was.

The sheriff's office conducted an investigation centered around a Dogtown Road residence in rural Monroeville. Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said deputies had a tip that "a meth lab and drug abuse were taking place at the residence" where several young children were living.

"At the residence, we located evidence of crack cocaine abuse and methamphetamine abuse, along with prescription pill abuse. ... There were also three children, ages, 4, 7 and 8, present," Querin said in April.

• Michael C. Shepherd, 32, of 433 S. Townline Road 79, New London, has a Nov. 6 trial date on possession of heroin in connection with a Nov. 8 incident. He earlier posted a $5,000 bond.

• Lewis A. Turner, 21, of Lorain, goes to trial Oct. 16 on one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin, both in connection with a March 6 incident. He earlier posted a $25,000 bond.

Deputies set up a controlled drug buy during which a confidential informant was expected to buy 17.5 grams of heroin, valued at $5,250. "Turner was also in possession of more suspected heroin," deputies seized $7,000 in cash and the suspect was driving a vehicle reported stolen from Lorain earlier that same day, Querin said after Turner's arrest.

• Jeffrey P. Vogel, 42, 1287 Greenfield Drive, Willard, has a Sept. 16 trial date for one count each of complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and tampering with evidence, each in connection with a June 25 incident. If he posts a $15,000 bond, he can't have any association with a female subject.

• Jeffrey A. White, 22, of 35 Oak St., goes to trial Oct. 2 on burglary in connection with a July 12 incident. If he posts 10 percent of a $15,000 bond, he isn't permitted on an Oak Street property and can't have any contact with the victim.

Each of the drug defendants are subject to random drug screens.

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