Heroin dealer, burglar sent to treatment center

Cary Ashby • Aug 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A heroin dealer and a burglar will spend the next four to six months in a locked-down substance abuse treatment center for violating the conditions of their respective probations.

On Monday, Jason J. Patterson, 29, of Shelby, was ordered to a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education, for violating his probation. After he completes the term in the CBCF, he will remain on intensive probation through Huron County Common Pleas Court. His probation officer said Patterson showed up for only one scheduled appointment and had tested positive for opiates.

On Oct. 24, Patterson received a 90-day jail sentence for trafficking in heroin. His conviction relates to a Dec. 28, 2012 controlled drug buy coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

The former Willard resident was fined $250 and must reimburse the sheriff's office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Patterson committed the heroin offense while on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court. Huron County Public Defender David Longo has said a series of theft charges were for "driving off without paying for gas."

If Patterson further violates the terms of his felony probation, he faces one year in prison.

Also sent to a CBCF in another case Monday was Travis C. Hartley, 33, most recently of 408 Brinker St., Apt., 3, Bellevue. He admitted to violating his probation by using alcohol multiple times starting March 11 and on July 22, he had a blood alcohol content level that tested at .071 on a breathalyzer. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08. Hartley also didn't make a July 8 probation office visit.

His probation officer told Judge Jim Conway that Hartley also was convicted of disorderly conduct for showing up to the jail when he was intoxicated.

Hartley was placed on three years of intensive probation Oct. 17 and sentenced to 120 days in jail. His burglary conviction is for a June 12, 2013 incident investigated by the Bellevue Police Department.

"He was stealing drugs from his aunt's husband. ... I think he was stealing the drugs to support his (hydrocodone) addiction," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who credited the aunt with helping solve the crime.

About being sentenced to the CBCF, Hartley said he was looking forward to the opportunity and taking advantage of it. A further probation violation could result in a three-year prison term.

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