Woman held without bond on dirty drug test

Failed drug tests come 13 days after she discussed her use of narcotics with a judge, who put her on probation.
Cary Ashby
Mar 22, 2013


A New London woman is accused of testing positive for multiple drugs this week -- 13 days after she discussed her use of narcotics with a judge.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 31, of 79 N. Railroad St., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a positive drug screen at the probation office. She was arrested on a probation violation and booked into the Huron County Jail about 3:40 p.m.

"She tested positive for multiple drugs, including marijuana and opiates," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said in court Thursday.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the oxycodone and hydrocodone in question "may have been prescribed, but I think those prescriptions may have run out."

During a March 6 hearing, Yates disclosed she had been taking some narcotics, but didn't need to do so anymore.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then ordered the defendant not to taken any of the narcotics while she was out on bond. He also ruled Yates would undergo weekly random drug screens for as long as her probation officer determines it's necessary.

At the same hearing, the judge placed Yates on three years of intensely supervised probation for stealing drugs from a friend.

"I'm trying to get my life back together," Yates had said.

In mid-January, the defendant 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.

Yates will be held in jail without bond until her next hearing, April 15. She faces 18 months in prison on the probation violation.

Her father declined to comment after Thursday's hearing.



Wow that didn't take long that's sadist

Yall Make Me Sick

See what happens when you give them a slap on the wrist? They take your kindness & run to the nearest dealer & get their fix! Nice job Norwalk courts!


Big bird again?! Wow. Hey Conway, when are you going to get the point? All you are doing is sending them out to repeat. Get tough already you pansy a$$ no good judge!


I'm with u!!! What the hell is wrong with this judge....


Doesn't anyone on here understand for the umpteenth time that ALL judges in Ohio have guidelines that your Republican leader(Kashich) put into place a few years ago that they can't send these people to prison if they don't have a prior felony!!!??? When Conway first took the bench, he was sending them off left and right.But, our dearly beloved Governor decided that the prisons were to full and changed everything.If you want to keep bitching and whining everytime someone is sentenced to CBCF or ISP, then let your senators or congressman or the Governor know about it.


Actually letting the Governor, Senator, or Congressman know is pointless. The state legislature is the place that passes sentencing statutes and is the only place that can alter the current sentencing situation. It is also the only place that can fund the building of new prisons which is apparently what the posters here want or do you want violent prisoners released to make way for non-violent drug offenders which is the situation the legislature faced when it adopted the current sentencing structure. Which, by the way, was before Kasich became Governor. This is a bi-partisan problem not a political one. Also, the last time Ohio built a prison Huron County was the runner-up location. So if a new ones are built one is likely to be built here.

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If you release all the prisoners for marijuana related offenses, that would free up much needed room for all the 'heroin d-bags'.

Really are you ...

Start sending the worst of them in prison and jail to the FEMA Detention Centers, Fusion Centers or whatever the government wants to call them. That will make more room, or is the government waiting to use them for something else? The FDC's have rooms available for occupancy.


im pretty sure shes been on the herioin d list


whats daddy gonna do this time always bails them out


Ok fine, let's just shoot them all. We just need to do it quick before Obama takes all our guns.