ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Jury finds Wakeman woman guilty of selling marijuana

Convicted drug dealer Susan J. Terlizzi plans to appeal a jury's decision finding her guilty of selling marijuana. "It's just wrong. I plan to appeal absolutely," the 44-year-old Wakeman resident said. "My attorney is aware of that. I'm going to prove my innocence."
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010
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Convicted drug dealer Susan J. Terlizzi plans to appeal a jury's decision finding her guilty of selling marijuana.

"It's just wrong. I plan to appeal absolutely," the 44-year-old Wakeman resident said. "My attorney is aware of that. I'm going to prove my innocence."

On April 19, 2006, she sold "less than 100 grams" of marijuana to a female confidential informant at the Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park, Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said. Terlizzi was one of several people accused in connection with the drug bust organized by the METRICH Drug Task Force.

After a two-day trial that started Tuesday, Terlizzi, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 1, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3. The jury determined she didn't commit the offense in the vicinity of a juvenile.

"We had made other purchases from her (involving) both adults and juveniles," said Hunker, whose department has been affiliated with METRICH since about 2002.

Terlizzi has been suspected of dealing marijuana from her mobile home since the end of 2005 or the beginning of 2006. "We received information that drugs were being sold there and some drugs were being brought to the village," the chief said.

Both Hunker and Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin testified for the state. At the end of 2005, McLaughlin said the sheriff's office started getting about 12 calls from park residents who "made complaints of drug trafficking throughout the park," specifically at Terlizzi's home.

"She was selling marijuana to young people in the Wakeman area," McLaughlin said. "The chief complaints were made through Chief Hunker."

Terlizzi called the allegations "a conspiracy thing." She wants to hire a professional to further evaluate the compact disc of the confidential informant's wire to determine "who was selling and not selling."

"A lot of it is inaudible," Terlizzi said. "I'm taking my gloves off. I'm going to be fighting."

Terlizzi was arrested on a warrant May 11, 2006 by McLaughlin and charged with trafficking in marijuana.

One of the suspects in the Terlizzi case was Keith A. Wilhelm, formerly of 3033 U.S. 250, Greenwich. In August 2006, Wilhelm, now 20, was sentenced to four months in the Huron County Jail and three years of probation for two counts of trafficking in marijuana.

Terlizzi was released Oct. 30 from the Huron County Jail after posting a $500 bond on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

Trooper Dan Dubelko stopped her Oct. 25 on U.S. 20 near the Lorain County line on a equipment violation. The trooper charged her with DUI after recognizing an "odor of alcohol" and Terlizzi took several sobriety tests, Lt. Jim Bryan said.

Comments

WHY (Anonymous)

Why is wakeman police chief doing out of the village? is he getting paid by wakeman???
does he not have anything to do in wakeman?? how about helping aniamls???

Jackie (Anonymous)

This is true about police chief. We have plenty of drug deals in the mobile home park in the city. Why can't he do something about that? Their not only selling them, their stealing them from each other!

2 jackie (Anonymous)

hunker wants to play big shot with the s.o and he doesnt care what happens here! you already know that!!!

concerned (Anon...

I'm hoping that when Chris Hipp gets in there alot of changes are made in that police dept. Starting at the top and making its way thru whole department. All the part timers have different rules of the law. Sad, ain't it?

James A. Morman...

I have been chuckling non-stop since reading these comments. I cannot resist making a comment myself. The first thing that came to my mind after reading them was that if Chief Hunker captured bin Laden, people would still complain. For those of you who don’t bother to check the facts or don’t care to know the facts, here are a few. First, the work Chief Hunker did with METRICH was done on his own time, pretty amazing I think. How many people work extra hours voluntarily for no pay? Second, drugs from the trailer parks end up in Wakeman, and vice versa. Third, the article states that the complaints came through Chief Hunker. Many Firelands Manor residents call the Wakeman PD instead of the S.O. Why? If the Chief is so inept as many of you have implied, why would people outside of town continue to call him when they have a problem? Would you continue to call someone who didn’t care about you or was incompetent? I think that some are simply going to bash the Chief and the Wakeman PD regardless of what they do or even who the Chief is. Seriously, you even complain about people having their drugs stolen! I can’t stop laughing about that one. Jackie maybe you didn’t mean it that way, but that’s the way I read it. Please people, call the police and file a report if your drugs get stolen!

to mr morman (A...

yes maybe tim is working on his own time but what about court mr council man???
i voted for you!! you better think about whats best for our village and your time on council before you start running your mouth,i think its time to put your foot in your mouth! or perhaps your like duesenberry and you have something else there!who knows you are pretty chummy with hunker!

HUNKER WENT TO COURT ON WAKEMANS TIME!! WE PAIUD FOR THAT RETARD!!! NOT COUNTY NOT HIS OWN POCKET OURS!! THATS THEFT IN OFFICES AINT IT MR. COUNCILMAN TO BE????

to mr morman (A...

WHAT DOES THE A STAND FOR IN YOUR NAME? a**HOLE??? GOOD GOING WAKEMAN YUO VOTED IN HUNKERS "FRIEND" LOL
SINCE DEUSENBERRY LEFT THINGS ON WAKEMAN HAVENT BEEN THE SAME!!!

Maybe (Anonymous)

MAYBE MR.MORMAN SHOULD LOOK MORE INTO THIS BEFORE HE MAKES A STATEMENT THAT WILL COME BACK TO BITE HIM AS WELL,FIRST OF HUNKER CANNOT WORK ON HIS OWN TIME AS A WAKEMAN OFFICER BEACAUSE HE HAS TO PUT IN HIS HOURS TO BE COVERED UNDER WORKMANS COMP. NOW THAT YOUR A COUNCIL MEMBER YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH LABOR AND STANDERS BEFORE SHOOTING OFF YOUR MOUTH.WHOS THE FOOL NOW?PROBABLY ME BEACUSE I VOTED FOR YOU NOT KNOWING YOU WERE JUST ANOTHER COP GROUPY!!!!!

Mr. Morman (Ano...

You read it right. Their stealing each others drugs up here. Keep laughing....reports were made. Nothing was ever done about it either. Hunker tells the people in Wakeman what they want to hear to keep them quiet. Thats like burning the candle at both ends. Just once, I'd like to see Wakeman in the news for something GOOD not all bad. This is a nice lil town, too bad half the people running it don't care! It's all about money, who your family is and what job title you hold.

also (Anonymous)

I think being on council should be a privilege not a paid position. This would save alot of money for Wakeman and also, maybe we could get some people on council that really care about what happens in this town. Why do people think they should be paid for everything they do here? Do it because you care, do it for the good of the community.

YOU CANT FIX ST...

WHAT A BUNCH OF GENIUSES HERE. MOST PEOPLE THINK TIMS DOING A GREAT JOB. ONLY ONE GUY RAN FOR MAYOR SAYING HE WOULD GET RID OF HIM GUESS WHAT HE CAME IN LAST PLACE

mr more (Anonymous)

i dont think mr more wanted hunker gone!

SPEAKING OF MON...

DEAR MR MORMAN,
ISNT IT TRUE THAT PAID WAKEMAN OFFICERS DIRECTLY OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT WITHOUT RUNNING IT BY COUNCIL OR MAYOR TO MAKE SURE IT WAS OK AND LEGAL?

LOL (Anonymous)

Don't think they were talking about Mr. Moore.

zzzzz (Anonymous)

mr morman are you aware that hunker has josh sleeping on tape??? im sure you seen it too! he showed everyone and was laughing! now that your on council and your aware of this activity you will be under oath as well to up hold the village .
will you go along with the theft in office or will you stand for whats right?

hipp for mayor ...

mr hipp ,we will let our voices be heard on the first council meeting you are sworn in!!! mr morman do yu know what a recall is???
that would be funny if we get you recsalled before you had a month on council!

lol 2 (Anonymous)

he came in last you looser ,i mglad you know the village,it must be josh! im glad to see you up,maybe you should be sleeping now so you can stay awake at work!!!

QUESTION FOR JA...

HEY JACKIE,WILL YOU HELP ME GET A PETIONS SIGN TO RECALL MR MORMAN???
i think he forgot his job already!!!

answer (Anonymous)

I like Mr. Morman as a person, we'll see how he does on council. If a recall is in order, count me in!

Another residen...

Wow you people don't know when to quit, do you? Let's see here a court order to appear has to be honored or he could have been thrown in jail. When a judge says "come to my court" you're not able to say no. Here is another thing, Mr. Morman owns a business in the village and is a resident. So why would he not have a concern about this, its his money paying the chief too. Maybe its the fact that these people in the trailor park are selling, very actively, to children and adults in the community (thats poeple inside the village limits for you who don't know). Yea that's right those people are selling to people in the village. Start checking your facts before you people open your mouth. Alot of the crime that has been happening in the village is coming from that park. Alot of the drugies that live out there come to the village for easy things to steal or to sell their devil grass. So if the chief or any other officer is helping to keep those drugs out of the hands of our village, more power to them. Mr. Morman has been a great supporter of the village! Thats why i voted for him, he has the community and people in his best interests. Good luck Mr. Morman and to the rest of those who have been voted in.

one last point i have to agree with Mr. Morman that no matter who is chief and no matter what the chief or the officers do, you people seem so ungreatful. If you dislike it so much move out. Otherwise have pride in our community and support it, not bad mouth it.

mr morman (Anon...

dont want to answer anymore questions???? see you at council!!!!!

question (Anonymous)

im glad you like the village so much beause hunker sure dont! he begged the village to wave the residancy requirments stating " he was in fear of retaliation clamiming he isnt paid well enough, so if he isnt paid well enough why is he using his free time to work for free in the trailor park?
as for the drug coming in the village from the trailor park,if that were true why couldnt he arrest them in wakeman,instaed of playing in the trailor park. cant he find pet projects in the village for the people who pay his salary!!

hey question (A...

Hunker told us he can't move here at that time because he just signed a lease on a condo with his girlfriend. Never heard anything about the money part. IF, we weren't paying council members, maybe all the officers could get a raise and benifits back they had before. None of them made good wages to begin with, then their medical was cut. Most of them have kids and need that medical. No wonder we don't have a good police force.

to: another res...

your an idiot!!

only weed (Anon...

come on wakeman,

to: only weed (...

Just from the sounds of the nic u chose, it don't sound like u got the brains GOD gave a goose! Only weed? What about only acid, only whatever. We don't need any of it in Wakeman.

small town smal...

You guys are killing me with all the first grade fighting. what you need is a AC-130 to fly over, and level that town. That's all you guys do is fight about Dumb %hit! Get a life people!!!!!!!! and grow up.

AC-130 (Anonymous)
to: small town,...

If you don't like our small town and the bull%hit that goes on "GIT OUT"! We are fighting for our kids we are raising now. We are fighting for our police force that we are paying to stay where they are paid to protect. We are fighting to keep Wakeman from being like the other towns around us that those people don't care about. At least we are fighting for a good cause! You, my friend, are a jackass!

Acting like adu...

So you all think that fighting and trying to out the chief and officers is going to make you better. How about the fact that you are only making yourself the town that you don't want to be. When you sit on here and leave comments for others to read, what do you think that they are getting out of these little spats? The only thing that all this proves is that you are good at name calling and ignorance. If you all don't like the way things are, why not move to a place thats better. Does that have too much logic behind it? Do any of the officer's there get paid? From what i have heard is that the officers are unpaid. So why is it again that you are yelling about the officers not doing what they are paid for? Oh and living in a city that has a drug problem i can tell you that i would much rather have my police force catching the bad guys before they make it into my city. If you think that its as easy as just hiring a new chief or firing some officers that work a job that you probably couldn't do, then why don't you try out for a police academy. See if you pass all the standards they have to go through to get in. I know from talking to officers in my city that the state makes these cadets pass some really tough tests just to pass the training. So like i said if you think you can do it, then sign up and go strap on the gun. I sit and watch the shows of real life cops being shot at, stabbed, and beaten. What is it going to take for you people to just show a little thanks to those people that are out there protecting you? Do you think that you all would still feel the same way about those officers if one got hurt, or God forbid killed, trying to protect you and/or your family? The worst thing is that those people that are out there probably don't read this and see how much hate you all have. Its just sad that they don't know how little you like them. But the great thing is that the majority of people do like them, and that the people also know that if they need help the officers will be there. Thats why i support my police from my city. Even if i don't like it when i get a ticket, one of my friends gets one too, or the officers do something that i don't agree with, i know that if i call 911 they are going to come to help me. Maybe if you don't like them so much then why not just tell the telephone company to disconnect your 911 service. That way the officers don't have to waste their time with people that don't care. Maybe your village needs to pass some laws about people not speaking out, oh wait but its our right to the freedom of speech. I don't think that any of the officers, even if they read all this, would think twice about helping someone. That's just been my run ins with the police, they all have this personality of helping people. Its just sad that they have to help people like all of you. Oh and i look forward to someone calling me an idiot, or some other name. Please make sure that whatever name you come up with for me is something worth a good laugh or at least a grin. It seems like if someone makes a good point on here or speaks out against those who have all this hate built up, then those people must be idiots or some other name of explicit nature. So sad that all of you have such limited vocabularies and instead of spending your time learning and improving those things that you complain about, you are sitting on the internet and making yourself look imprudent. The best of luck to all of you who need to find something better to do, i wish you the best in finding another way to occupy your time.

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