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Norwalk man ordered to make weekly probation office visits

Cary Ashby • Sep 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A former Norwalk man must report to his probation office weekly once he's released from the Huron County Jail.

Nicko Del Leon Raymore, 34, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a probation violation hearing Tuesday. Judge Jim Conway rescheduled his next hearing for Nov. 3 and ordered the defendant to maintain employment, establish regular housing and report to the probation department each week.

Conway told Raymore that if does well, it's possible prosecutors could withdraw the probation violation they had filed. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the defendant hadn't reported for office visits since July 8.

On Tuesday, Raymore was released on personal recognizance bond. That means he signed a court document in which she promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money. The defendant had been held without bond since Thursday.

Before Tuesday's hearing, Raymore told Huron County Public Defender David Longo he had been evicted from his last residence and was sleeping wherever he could.

Raymore's underlying conviction is possession of criminal tools. On Oct. 14, he possessed a small amount of marijuana bundled in baggies and a digital, drug-related scale.

Trooper Rick Reeder, of the state Highway Patrol's Milan post, was on U.S. 250 in Norwalk when he saw two people involved in an altercation. The trooper contacted Raymore, who spoke to him, while the female suspect walked away from the scene and refused to speak to Reeder. The trooper discovered the marijuana and scale when he searched Raymore.

"At that point, Mr. Raymore was taken into custody. He was cooperative with the officer," Kasper said last year.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in marijuana in connection with the same incident.

In May 2013, Raymore was sentenced to a 90-day discretionary sentence, meaning his probation officer has the option of when to impose the term or can ask the court to waive some or part of it if Raymore does well on community control. The defendant, who had 90 days in jail suspended, was fined $500. He also must reimburse the patrol $35 to cover the cost of drug testing.

If Raymore violates his two years of probation, he faces a 180-day jail sentence.

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