Norwalk teen arraigned on burglary charge

Cary Ashby • Aug 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A teenager entered a "not guilty" plea Tuesday to an allegation he pushed in the screen of a window in a Willard resident's home.

Justin M. Hicks, 19, of 83 Norwood Ave., is charged with attempted burglary. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he faces nine months to three years in prison.

If Hicks posts a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision, he is prohibited from being on the premises of a home in the 300 block of Keefer Street in Willard. The defendant's bond was $15,000 with a 10-percent provision when the same case went through Norwalk Municipal Court.

During Tuesday's arraignment, Huron County Public Defender David Longo shared some information about the suspected incident, which happened about 8:30 a.m. July 29.

Hicks reportedly pushed in the screen on a window, but didn't enter the residence, he said.

"There was nobody home. ... A neighbor called this one in," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Hicks cooperated with the Willard Police Department, Longo said, and "owned up" to what he did.

The defendant, whose trial date is Oct. 28, said he doesn't have a prior felony conviction and currently isn't on probation.

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