Woman on intense probation for stealing drugs from friend

Judge gives no new jail time but says mother of two will face "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tests positive for drugs.
Cary Ashby
Mar 7, 2013

A woman with an extensive misdemeanor record will be on three years of intense probation for stealing drugs from a friend.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 31, of 79 N. Railroad St., New London, will have to undergo weekly random drug screens for as long as her probation officer determines it's necessary.

At Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway stressed to Yates she faces "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tests positive for drugs.

Yates, in mid-January, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs for a June 19 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a separate charge of safecracking.

"This is the defendant's first felony conviction," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. "She has a substance abuse problem."

Woodruff had recommended Yates spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

In reviewing Yates' criminal history, which includes some probation violations, Conway said the "most troubling" thing for him in deciding her sentence is how lengthy her record is, given that Yates is 31.

"Your adult history for age is lengthy," Conway told Yates, the mother of two daughters, 11 and 12.

In February 2012, Yates was arrested on Norwalk Municipal Court contempt of court warrants at a rural Wakeman residence and later served 19 days in the Huron County Jail. The resident was charged in connection with reportedly denying Yates was there.

The contempt warrants were from the original convictions of theft and driving under the influence (DUI). Yates' DUI conviction was for a Dec. 30, 2008 traffic stop by the New London Police Department.

In April 2008, Yates was placed on two years of intense probation for the theft. About a year later, she was ordered to spend 40 days in jail after Judge John Ridge found she violated her community control sanctions by testing positive for marijuana twice in 10 days. Yates also had her probation extended for another year.

"I'm trying to get my life back together," Yates told the court Wednesday.

About three months ago, she started working 20 to 30 hours a week at a New London farm. Yates also has been baby-sitting.

If she violates the terms of her probation, which includes a $250 fine, Yates faces 18 months in prison.

Comments

swiss family

Yates, in mid-January, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs for a June 19 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a separate charge of safecracking.

thisbleep

Wtf?!?! She's good for probation even though she has a history of failing drug test hmmm

Uputwhatwhere7

Wtf Conway?! This is like the 50th time big bird has been in the paper and no new jail time? I wonder why we have so many repeat offenders?

newlondonmom

Can we say "snitch"?

vlc

What's worse.... drug addicts are allowed to admit that they babysit, even though they don't have custody of their own children! Yeh....PROBATION!

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A2betch

This woman is caring for other peoples children?? Are you shitting me. You are all a bunch of idiots.

Simple Enough II

Hm, I wonder if the folks she baby sits for lock their drug cabinets?

tiptapmom

She probably babysits for her siblings...they reproduce like rabbits!

OHIOK

You people are so sad. You probley produce with rabbits

OHIOK

cant you see its the behind closed doors and on your knees plea agreement.Thats what Norwalk and Heroin county are all about.The woman can get deals like that,men always get the hammer. Unless Seth Fry is involved.He plays both sides of the coin.

rickross2

Is that a sex reference?

lugnut2511

Im pretty sure we're going to see her picture here again. But I really hope not and wish her luck in the recovery process

Blaze

She is now on double secret probation.

Sitting In The ...

From the N.S. Sherlock Institution of Huron County "She has a substance abuse problem.".....REALLY? is that why she stole drugs?

saxkris

It's up to you to put your life back together, all you have to do is want it bad enough and reach for it, a new life is all yours - waiting for you to reach out and grab it.

newlondonmom

She will be back for testing dirty" and they will just extend the probation.
"Judge Jim Conway stressed to Yates she faces "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tests positive for drugs." Are you kidding me???

onegirlarmy

I swear they intentionally run these stories just to read the comments and get information.
If not for that...just to piss people off!
There are still good things and people in our community!!

jack langhals

I admire your positive attitude !

onegirlarmy

Thanks...just sick of all the trash ya know?!
There are alot of inspiring and hard working people with more to add to the human race.
Instead we get people and stories as such that only add to the moral decline of our community.
I guess people just like to talk and love the drama,it sells!
Just like a junkie...anything for a buck!
On a better note...
I saw some people working on the picnic tables at Vargos on Sunday...hoorah for spring!

Sitting In The ...

I think everyone ready for Spring !!!!! Myself included....

hooter2009

she should have a cell with her name on it by now shes been convicted so many times for drugs and her parents r raising her kids

hooter2009

and ur right they do produce like rabbits sad when u have a list of fathers welfares they dont know what work is

hooter2009

shes babysitting she doesnt take care of her own her parents r raising them colecting welfare for them too whole family alike