Pregnant woman released from jail

Judge orders defendant must undergo weekly, random drug screens until her child is born.
Cary Ashby
Aug 26, 2013


A pregnant woman has been granted substance abuse treatment instead of a conviction on an allegation she helped steal some pickup trucks and a four-wheeler.

Sammie Jo Shaarda, 28, formerly of Willard, will be on three years of intensive probation for one count each of grand theft of a motor vehicle and theft. As part of a plea deal Monday, the state agreed to dismiss one charge of tampering with evidence.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Shaarda to be released from the Huron County Jail, but said she must undergo weekly, random drug screens until her child is born. The judge said he doesn't want her to "fall off the wagon" and endanger the life of the child she is carrying.

Shaarda, whose probation supervision will be transferred to Richland County, is due Oct. 21. She won't have a conviction on her record if she successfully completes court-ordered substance abuse treatment and counseling.

On Nov. 16, Shaarda and two accomplices went to a home outside of Plymouth and stole "a couple pickup trucks," a four-wheeler, a space heater and some chainsaws, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. The items were in and around the victim's garage.

Kasper credited the Huron County Sheriff's Office with "doing a lot of good detective work" in tracking down the stolen items. She said deputies recovered a pickup truck, but not its tires.

"Some of the items were never recovered," Kasper said.

Prosecutor Russell Leffler told the judge in May it's believed Shaarda fled to Michigan with one of her suspected accomplices, Randy Ruff. The 40-year-old former Willard resident was indicted locally Friday on one count each of failure to appear, theft of a motor vehicle, theft and tampering with evidence.

Ruff and two male suspects were arrested without incident April 29 by the U.S. Border Patrol after reportedly attempting to remove tires from a stolen vehicle. Ruff was booked at Detroit's 2nd Precinct. He remains in custody at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in the Detroit area.

Deputies worked with the Border Patrol, U.S. Marshal's Service and Detroit Police Department in locating Ruff.


Scranton Tibbs

Never been to prison? Cookie for you! Keep up the great work. Next!


How many cookies do you have? It's very easy to stay out of prison. What is the cookie for?


im not sure how much is being spent per prisoner in this country but it's too much. I say feed them enough so they don't die & can still make license plates. if they get sick, they should be left in their cell to get well or die. don't like the conditions? tough.. its prison. that's cold and hard but that's how prison should be. people who made it out alive would be less inclined to go back. ideally, there would be an island to drop them on to fend for themselves, like Australia used to be. im sure England didn't supply their criminals with all the comforts of home when they sent them off..


Like George Carlin once said, we should fence in Wyoming and send all the criminals there. LOL

Scranton Tibbs

I'm all for prison costs if the stay includes sealing up and sterilizing dirty broads like this that spit kids outta that vag like it was their job.


Never going to happen! Next!


@asphalt don't worry bout my name or who iam worry about the junkies you're defending and how stupid it makes you, and your mom look fir birthing you. yes the comments are harsh but what this trash and her family do tio innocent law abiding citizens is way worse. I dont have to defend myself or put my name on it the reflector staff made this site anonymous on purpose so honest hard working citizens can voice their opinion without wworrying about retaliation. I don't know why you side w the trash maybe they're your family, maybe you were dropped as a baby who knows but without you putting your name on it guessing is all we have. Have a good one Lame


Put up a druggie/thief/lowlife by county website to warn people, hell, if they make the paper it's already public domain, anyway. Mock wanted posters would work.

FYI: I'm not that good with computers, or I would.


Using a drug like meth or heroin is something done by CHOICE. Nobody holds the needle to their arm or a pipe to their mouth. There are to many self loathing weak individuals in this world that want everyone to feel sorry for them. Instead of turning to a local church or community group for help, they pick up a sack of drugs and infuse their lives away AND THEN expect the county and everyone else to be responsible.