Two women and a teen have been punished for misdemeanor crimes following a disturbance that took place earlier this month at the Bouscay Avenue apartment complex.
Police were called there at 8:14 p.m. Sunday, April 7 to investigate a report of a fight involving a woman and a male teen. They determined the teen -- Kenneth Ansel II, 18, of 16 E. Quail Hollow Drive -- had been drinking alcohol, so they arrested him. Ansel currently is in a drug-court program that would allow a felony conviction to be wiped from his record if he successfully completes it.
While police were arresting Ansel, Ashley Ringle, 29, of 27 Bouscay Ave., Apt. A, and Heather Randolph, 26, of 37 Bouscay Ave., Apt. A, caused problems, so they, too, were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the Huron County Jail, police said.
Witnesses told Ansel and Ringle had been physically fighting outside the apartment building before going into Ringle's apartment. Ansel came to the door with a bloodied nose, police said.
Ringle's two small children were removed from the apartment and given to her sister and brother. The children will be staying with relatives in Monroeville, police said.
The trio was convicted of multiple charges and sentenced recently in Norwalk Municipal Court.
Ansel was convicted of consuming underage and disorderly conduct. For that, he received a 20-day jail term, with another 70 days suspended as part of two years' probation. He also was fined $100 for each conviction, plus $126 in court costs.
Further, Judge John Ridge ordered Ansel not to possess or consume any alcohol or drugs of abuse for two years and show proof of six months substance abuse counseling by Nov. 15.
Ringle was convicted of obstruction of official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She received a 20-day jail term, with another 70 days suspended as part of two years' probation. She also was fined $200 for the resisting arrest conviction and $100 for each of the other two convictions, plus $197 in court costs.
Randolph was convicted of obstruction of official business and persistent disorderly conduct. She, too, received a 20-day jail term, with another 70 days suspended as part of two years' probation. She also was fined $100 for each conviction, plus $126 in court costs.
Below is the narrative of the disturbance and investigation as it appears in the report filed by Officer Zachary O'Neil.
The Norwalk Police Department received a report of an active fight near the 37 building on Bouscay Avenue, involving Ashley Ringle and Heather Randolph. I arrived on scene and located a large crowd near the 35 building. The bystanders advised Ashley Ringle and Kenneth Ansel II were the subjects fighting. I was told they both went inside 27 A Bouscay Avenue, which I am familiar with as Ashley's apartment.
I made contact with Ashley at the front door of her apartment and spoke with her of the incident. Ashley advised she and Kenneth were fighting but everything is okay now. I detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage from Ashley as she spoke and I observed her eyes to be very glassy. Ashley advised Kenneth was inside the apartment and I asked if she could summon him to the door. Ashley called for Kenneth to come to the door. Kenneth came to the door without a shirt and agreed to speak with me outside. Ashley told Kenneth to not answer any of my questions and stated, "Make the state prove we did something wrong."
I immediately noticed Kenneth had dry blood around his nostrils. As I spoke with Kenneth, I immediately could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath as he spoke to me. Kenneth's speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Kenneth admitted he had consumed alcohol this evening.
After confirming Kenneth's age as 18, I advised Kenneth he was under arrest. Kenneth complied with all of my orders but Ashley became irate, telling me I cannot arrest Kenneth. Ashley interfered with the arrest of Kenneth by continually trying to pull him away from me. Kenneth remained compliant and was placed in handcuffs and escorted to my cruiser just as Officer Schick arrived on scene.
While I was escorting Kenneth, Ashley started swearing loudly at the bystanders calling them "F---ing snitches!"
I informed Officer Schick to place Ashley under arrest for disorderly conduct. As I was placing Kenneth into the rear of my cruiser, I noticed Heather Randolph was arguing with Officer Schick as he attempted to place the handcuffs on Ashley. I observed Ashley was not complying with Officer Schick's orders, as she was pulling away and not allowing him to place the handcuffs on her. I immediately returned to assist Officer Schick and told Heather and Jenisa Castile to step away. Jenisa complied but Heather refused and repositioned herself even more between me and Ashley, while Ashley continued to resist arrest from Officer Schick. Heather was moved aside and I grabbed Ashley's left wrist in an effort to assist Officer Schick. Ashley immediately broke the grip Officer Schick had on her right wrist, swinging her arm in my direction. Ashley squared up to me and attempted to pull her wrist away. I grabbed the back of Ashley's neck and administered a balance displacement, taking her to the ground. Ashley was placed under arrest and placed in the rear of Officer Schick's cruiser.
Sergeant (Seth) Fry arrived just as Ashley was being placed in the cruiser. Heather began swearing loudly across the parking lot, directed toward the bystanders. Sgt. Fry told Heather to quit yelling profanity or she will be issued as summons for disorderly conduct. Heather told Sgt. Fry she wanted to go to jail tonight and if he doesn't take her now that we will only be called back down, as she continued to yell profanity. Heather was placed under arrest and she was transported to the Norwalk Police Department by Officer Langjahr. Heather had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her person and admitted to consuming alcohol.
Ashley's two children (ages 5 and 8) were turned over to her adult siblings. They will be staying in Monroeville, Ohio and provided a phone number they could be reached at.
I located (two witnesses) and both advised they witnessed Ashley and Kenneth physically fighting outside the apartment building, prior to going into 27A Bouscay Ave. They provided a written statement and they were added to the report.
Back on station, Kenneth provided a sample of his breath into the BAC Datamaster. A sample of his breath provided a reading of .271 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. Kenneth, Heather and Ashley were all transported to the Huron County Jail, as they were unable to post the required bond.
A copy of this report will be forwarded to the Law Director's Office for filing of charges. I am requesting the Law Director to review the report for filing of Obstruction of Official Business charges, as nobody was held on the charge.
Last month, Ansel was granted intervention in lieu of being convicted after using a stolen credit card at two Norwalk businesses.
Ansel pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. However, his conviction will remain pending while Ansel participates in the Huron County Common Pleas Court drug court program.
Probation officer Dexter "D.C." Chandler has the authority to send participants to 14 days in the Huron County Jail for violating the terms of the program.
On Oct. 20, Ansel possessed and used a credit card belonging to a female victim at the Walmart and Mickey Mart in Norwalk, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Ansel, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, is an acquaintance of the victim.
He is on probation for three years. If Ansel successfully completes the drug court program, Judge Jim Conway said he would terminate the defendant's supervision.