Pregnant woman released from jail on promise to return to court

Cary Ashby • Sep 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

A pregnant woman was released on a personal recognizance (PR) bond Tuesday.

Former Norwalk resident Amanda L. Nickoli will be screened and interviewed for participation in the intervention program. If accepted, that means if she doesn't violate the terms of her probation and successfully completes a certified substance abuse program, she won't have a conviction on her record.

Nickoli, 34, of Lorain, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The fifth-degree felony is in connection with an incident between June 19 and July 30, 2013. She is prohibited from having any association or contact with the victim.

The defendant signed a PR bond Tuesday, meaning she signed a court document in which she promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money. As a condition of Nickoli's bond, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered her to undergo weekly drug testing.

"The last test won't be held against you," Conway told her. "Given your condition, if you continue to test positive, I can't have you out (on bond)."

Nickoli had been in custody at the Huron County Jail since Thursday.

Defense attorney Troy Wisehart, whom Nickoli recently hired, said his client has been unable to post a $15,000 bond with a 10-percent provision for a Norwalk Municipal Court case in which she reportedly had some Xanax pills. She is charged with possession or use of a controlled substance.

Nickoli earlier posted a similar bond on the felony case. On Oct. 28, Conway issued an arrest warrant when Nickoli didn't show up for a pre-trial hearing.

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