Noller gets 'wake-up call'

Norwalk man to remain behind bars until sentencing.
Cary Ashby
Apr 3, 2013


"It was a wake-up call."

That's what convicted burglar Mark A. Noller Jr. told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway about nearly dying from an overdose March 25. Four days earlier, the judge had released the defendant on bond as part of a plea deal.

Now, Noller, 37, of Norwalk, will remain in the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced May 2 on two different cases.

The Norwalk Police Department and North Central EMS responded to a heroin overdose at 10:26 a.m. March 25 at a North West Street apartment. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said first-responders found Noller unconscious and he later acknowledged to paramedics he had used heroin.

"He was brought back to life by the use of Narcan," Leffler said Tuesday in court.

Paramedics had difficulty administering the shot because Noller didn't have an useable veins, he said, so they shot him in the shin.

"It's a terrible thing to get away from," Leffler said about heroin.

The prosecutor noted apparently while heroin addicts are in jail, they have less tolerance to heroin than beforehand.

Conway, after hearing from Leffler, said the overdose incident, in which Noller nearly died, shows the defendant is a danger to himself. The judge then revoked Noller's bond.

About 7 p.m. March 25, police arrested Noller in connection with shoplifting chicken from a local grocery store nearly 30 minutes earlier. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft and taken to jail.

Detective Sgt. Seth Fry has said an officer spoke with an employee, who reviewed surveillance and confirmed the theft occurred.

Four days before the overdose and suspected shoplifting incident -- on March 21, Noller pleaded guilty to burglary and breaking and entering for separate crimes. As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one theft charge.

On Dec. 2, Noller "was using some drugs and doing some foolish things" with several people when he went to an Erie Street home and assisted in taking a 47-inch flat-screen television set, said Leffler, who has recommended a two-year prison term.

"Basically, he was cooperative with the Norwalk police when they interviewed him," Leffler said during the plea hearing.

Police arrested Noller on Jan. 17 -- six days after a Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment. Authorities have said Noller and Cory B. Smith, 24, of 40B Corwin St., stole some TVs, an iPad, watches and some jewelry when they "hit a couple places in Norwalk."

Noller's breaking-and-entering conviction is for a Dec. 23 incident when he entered an unattached garage.

When the male homeowner, who "heard him and confronted him," pulled a gun on Noller, the defendant ran away and dropped his cell phone, Leffler said. Police used Noller's cell phone to track him down.

Smith will be sentenced today for one count each of burglary and theft of a firearm.


Sitting In The ...

From the N.S. Sherlock institute "heroin a terrible thing to get away from,". If only there was a way he could of avoid all this. This is ridiculous....


so, now he can be the jailhouse rat


Not worthy of news, NHI...move on


I guess when the judge sends him to rehab he will know not to take as much heroin next time.what a joke this county is getting.what a waste of our money/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


He should get at least four years, or more. Cory Smith got four years for his part in the robbery. They sold the things that they took for these homes to buy drugs. Prison is what I all these druggies need, so hard working, honest people can sleep at night in Norwalk.


lets see - burglar,thief,molester,drug dealer,woman beater and god knows what else. Seems like a waste of Narcan.


noller molested someone? when? it wouldn't surprise me though.


You might want to start with the fact that all 3 of his current girlfriends were underage when he started in with them. There are also others - ask around.


Yeah...wake up till next time!

simply me

This dude should get more than 4 years for his part in the robbery. My best friend got sentenced to 4 years in prison yesterday for what he did. His children will be 8 and 6 when he gets home. He is very remorseful for the emotional toll on the victims as well as the fact that they took items that couldn't be replaced. He knows what he did was wrong. He was trying to turn his life around. He started individual counseling as well as started the steps of recovery by entering substance abuse counseling as well. He has been clean, he had a job, he was doing good. Conway sent him away for 4 years.
Noller posts bond, out for a few days, and almost dies from a heroin overdose. Now mind you, this will be his 3rd or 4th prison term. He's a known thief, addict, etc. Rap sheet longer than my arm. I would be willing to bet he doesnt get as much time as Cory did.


I think you need to pick new friends...but I just bet he's a wonderful upstanding person that would NEVER do anything to anyone. Except of course rob and steal and lie and cheat and.....


Simply - I am sure you are right about Noller's sentence since what he is convicted of if you add the maximum time its less than 4 years. And of course the others involved (lookouts, those who helped carry off the stuff, those who received and hid it) are not even charged.


Not worthy of narcan. If he wants to kill himself, Let him!



This man is a utter and complete failure to the human race and a PLAUGE on Norwalk, Ohio and watch as he is judged.

Its is always up to the people of this country to take matters into their own hands and I ask of you to be brave and think on how you want this town to look in years to come.

JONATHAN E. COUGHLAN, Disciplinary Counsel
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Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
(614) 461-0256
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Every time I see this I ask myself exactly who do you want to report and for what? Also there is no Norwalk Court System. Common Pleas Court is for Huron County not only the City of Norwalk. Norwalk Municipal Court also covers Huron County.

Mr. Touchdown

What a waste of narcan!The real wake up call will be when Bubba bends him over in the shower when he goes to prison.


Simply Me, really remorse and counseling? Im sure that was after he was arrested. These two men need to go to prison.. period. The two children of the home he broke in to will be 11 and 9 when he gets out...hopefully they will not be afraid to sleep in their rooms by then. Being sorry after you get caught is not really the same as being truly sorry.

simply me

Everyone on here is so freakin judgmental. For the first time in 4 years, I seen my best friend. The Cory that he was as we were growing up. The Cory that is honest and genuine. Drugs to horrible things to good people. Dr. Bigler used to prescribe percocet to him as a teenager. He didn't abuse them, but he did become addicted. Then percocet became oxy, which turned to the cheaper opiate high heroin. NONE of you know his past, NONE of you have any right to judge.


Who gives a crap about his past? Look how many innocent people he has taken advantage of NOW. He is not a good person


Mark Noller and Cory Smith are both losers. I know both of them and I wouldn't trust either one of them to know where I lived. Mark threw a brick through my sisters window and robbed her of everything that she had. We knew who did it and the police did NOTHING! People like them are the reason that Norwalk is going to hell.


I agree!
wouldn't want them as my neighbors either.


Im just curiouse, if there were jobs in norwalk would this activity be so widespread? We will probably never know!