Defendants arraigned on multiple charges

Four of the cases are drug-related.
Cary Ashby
Sep 13, 2013

Five defendants arraigned recently in Huron County Common Pleas Court on various charges face upcoming trial dates.

Four of the cases were drug-related.

Former Willard resident Valerie S. Gates, 38, has an Oct. 15 trial scheduled for one count of trafficking in heroin. The fourth-degree felony is in connection with a Jan. 17 incident.

Gates told the judge she has a felony conviction through Richland County, but she currently isn't on probation.

"Her prior was a marijuana-related case," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Gates must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

In other cases heard:

*** Stevie N. Hawley, 26, of New Washington, goes to trial Oct. 31 on possession of clonazepam in connection with a Nov. 27 incident.

"There were multiple charges that got dropped," she told Judge Jim Conway.

Longo said a grand jury didn't indict Hawley on more charges because she had a prescription for the other two unspecified substances.

Hawley, who has a felony conviction through Huron County, is out on a $15,000 bond.

*** Rhonda M. Link, 41, of 5557 Edmunds Road, Bellevue, was arraigned on forgery in connection with an April 3 incident. The defendant, whose trial date is Nov. 7, earlier posted a $5,000 bond.

*** Melissa G. Patton, 42, of Toledo, has a Nov. 5 trial scheduled for theft of drugs. The fourth-degree felony is in connection with a July 1 incident.

Patton, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, is prohibited from being on the premises of the Twilight Gardens nursing home in Norwalk.

*** Joseph R. Ringlein Jr., 27, of 6 Ford Ave., was arraigned on one count each of trafficking in marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of criminal tools. The three felonies are in connection with an April 11 incident.

Ringlein told the court he has a felony conviction through Huron County, but he currently isn't on probation.

In February 2006, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail as part of his three years of probation for trafficking in drugs.

Ringlein, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, has a trial scheduled for Oct. 29.

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