Ex-bartender faces felony, accused of trying to swallow pills

A local woman reportedly spotted "shooting up" has been charged with a third-degree felony for allegedly trying to swallow some pills found in her purse. She has been freed from jail on a promise to show up for her next court hearing.
Cary Ashby
Oct 10, 2012

 

A former bartender spotted reportedly "shooting up" who later tried to swallow some pills found in her purse was arraigned Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Justina M. Hall, 25, of 1471 Crescent Road, Greenwich, has a Nov. 29 trial scheduled. She is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with a Sept. 21 incident. If convicted of the third-degree felony, the former Norwalk resident faces nine months to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said a motorist driving on U.S. 250 spotted Hall "shooting up" in front of a mobile home park. According to a report, the motorist said the woman was on the steps of an office building, sitting with a syringe to her arm.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office responded to the complaint.

"Her purse was brought out. She tried to lunge for some pills and tried to swallow them," Leffler said.

On Friday, a Huron County grand jury indicted Hall on tampering with evidence, which is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

"Miss Hall has a serious drug problem. She is a hard working woman. There's a danger she'll go back to drugs if she's out (of jail)," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

After Tuesday's hearing, Hall was released on a personal recognizance bond. She is subject to random drug screens; Conway warned Hall that a positive test could result in her bond being revoked. The court appointed Charles Hall to represent her.

Comments

yogi bear

"She has been freed from jail on a promise to show up for her next court hearing." Cross my heart and hope to die, I prmoise I will show up for my hearings!! get real. By the way, if memory serves me correct she was arrested by Norwalk Police, not the sheriff's dept. Was this the reflector or the prosecutor screw up?

benedict

Haha that stuck to me too Yogi bear "Freed from jail on a promise to show up for her next court hearing" bababajjhdshfapusihfasehfworfjdsksdksncncsrfioeur

haterwalkme

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW THE NPD CAN HUNT SOMEONE DOWN FOR TAXS AND U GOT TO COME UP WITH MORE BAIL THEY THESE JUNKIES DO ANDSHE IS THE ONE THAT HELPED BREAK IN TO THAT SWEEPSTAKE PLACE OUT ON RT 20 THATS RIGHT HER BOYFREIND DID IT HE SHE JUST GAVE THEM THE KEYS .WHAT A JOKE THIS TOWN HAS BECOME.HOW MUCH DOPE DOES THE JUDGE AND COPS GET TO KEEP FOR THEMSELFS??????????????

TheGreatYoda

Agreed!

Raziels Wings

I am not an addict thank God. This girl is ..Its heartbreaking. She needs help and when our community realizes that these people need help ..not jail then we can accomplish something other than arresting them. I see much sadness in her face. Once this drug is introduced into the body the brain has no power to stop the need the drug has created. There is something we can do ..it takes opening a facility where these people can be helped. This is an epidemice we will all ultimatly suffer from. I have studied this issue ..and it is my prayer that someone will listen.

kayla-

she does need help, she is a very nice girl , it happens she will get better

ladydye_5

I am really tired of all the "these people need help", "they have a problem" "they need rehab, not jail" .........I say put them in jail! NOONE has learned a lesson here. These people are a LEECH on society. Some rob/steal from others to support their "problem". Then when they are caught they cry how they need help and want to get clean. If they wanted to get clean they WOULD NOT WAIT TILL THEY GET CAUGHT. The judge slaps them on the wrist and sends them on their way. The junkies of Huron County KNOW that the judge is pretty lax on the sentences and there is really no consequence. They are not afraid of losing everything, they are not afraid of going to jail, they are not afraid of anything. I do not agree with calling addiction a disease. These people CHOSE an addiction, you cannot CHOOSE cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Once upon a time the ADDICT made a CHOICE to try/take drugs. It is all about weighing your options and making the RIGHT choice! Put them in jail. Make a consequence to their actions. I am tired of the "BOOHOO" I need help. How many repeat offenders are seen in the paper? How many probation violations are in the paper?

savage_henry

By saying things about the recidivism rate, don't you only justify the fact that jailing people does nothing about the fact that they are addicted to a chemical. A chemical that changes your metabolism. A chemical that, once your body has been saturated in for a period of time sufficient, it physically changes your brain chemistry to the point where your brain thinks your body will fail to survive without it, it won't, but your body tells itself it will. How does putting someone in jail for any period of time do anything to better that? How is putting someone in the most stressful position possible going to make them not want to do the only thing they know to do to not feel that stress, that hopelessness, that despair, that worthlessness that comes with sacrificing everything you've ever believed in, wanted, loved, to feed this need for a chemical that has so far surpassed a want it is the only thing you live for, the only thing that you can get out of bed for. You clearly have not the slightest, being a drug addict isn't a legal problem, it is a medical problem, and until we as a society start treating it as such, there is little to no hope. I understand that your better than everyone else, your without flaw, so you have every right to point your pristine fingers at everyone else's problems, and you've clearly done your research and are very educated on the issue of addiction, so you have every right to say all That you've said. Maybe you need to look at the real underlying issue, that prison is too big of an industry in our country for the powers that be to actually have any interest in actually fixing a problem, or even attempting to. Get a clue, and do everyone a favor and educate yourself on an issue before you go around publicly spouting off your ignorant opinion and trying to lower the intelligence of the people you share a community with. Be part of the solution, or you are part of the problem.

luvblues2

To All, I fully understand the problems that you think you may know come with prescription painkillers. They grab a hold very tightly. I was in the hospital for both lungs being collapsed. I explained what I went through to XXXX, close to a year ago. Good thing I wasn't working at the time becuz it took me ten days after 6 months on those DAMN things in my bedroom just getting up to use the bathroom and eat what little I did, to come down and rehab myself. Gatorade and soup and salad. It was very, very hard to get off those oxycodones. But, they made me consider suicide and I'm not built that way. I know my ex and her husband died from takin' that crap. It's bad stuff. Not only do you feel no pain, you don't give a f**k less what other people think. Lights are out! If you do get up and move around, you don't care about anything much, except where that pill bottle is. I never want to go thru that again and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Not to mention, the doc wanted to wean me off in a YEAR'S time. Suicidal thoughts made me do it on my own. Those of you who have never been hooked on opiates, whether legally or illegally have no idea how they take control. The cold turkey quitting makes you feel like you can't breathe, sleep or eat. ALL YOU WANT IS THE NEXT PILL(S). Also, You want enough to overdose, but if if you have a spark still left in you, that is the only thing that holds you back.

I have 3 grandbabies and 3 kids. That thought is what kept me goin'. Enuff ranting. I will never let them give me opiates again.

lovergal69

I agree with making anyone who breaks the law pay for what they have done..However I am not a docter so I won'tsay addiction is not a disease.I believe I myself have no ground for that call.What i will say is that I have seen addicts turn there lives around by there own admission.I have seen it with my own eyes happen,so why so darn few will make it?Only God knows..

TheGreatYoda

She is a scumbag always has been and always will be. ...

Brock Lee

she promise to show up for court but to bad she had her fingers cross better luck next time