Norwalk woman pleads innocent

Cary Ashby • Aug 24, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A Norwalk woman charged with stealing drugs entered a "not guilty" plea to the fourth-degree felony Monday.

Misty R. Morgan, 31, of 8 Garden St., has a Nov. 20 trial date in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She is charged with theft of drugs in connection with a June 24 incident. If convicted, she faces six to 18 months behind bars. Morgan isn't eligible for a prison term because she doesn't have a prior felony conviction.

Morgan earlier posted a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the state originally issued a summons, but they couldn't find Morgan at the address she gave, so authorities issued a warrant for her arrest. According to court documents, Morgan isn't allowed to be at her former West League Street residence.

The court assigned Paul Dolce to represent Morgan since there is undisclosed conflict of interest with the Huron County Public Defender's Office, which represented her when the case went through Norwalk Municipal Court.

After Monday's hearing, Morgan was released on a personal recognizance bond. That means she signed a court document in which she promised to appear for subsequent hearings and didn't have to pay any money. Morgan is subject to random drug screens.

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