Two former local women pleaded guilty Tuesday to heroin crimes and will remain out on bond until they are sentenced next month.
Former Norwalk resident Nicole J. Fertig, 23, now of Toledo, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin in exchange for the dismissal of one count of possession of methadone.
In another case, Former Willard resident Valerie S. Gates, 38, pleaded guilty to an amended count of trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the provision that the Jan. 17 controlled purchase happened within 1,000 feet of a school.
Gates has a prior marijuana-related felony conviction through Richland County, but she isn't on probation. Due to the prior felony, she faces six to 12 months in prison.
Fertig also will be sentenced Nov. 20.
Her conviction is for a May 22 incident. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said a Mickey Mart employee called the Norwalk Police Department about Fertig and another woman who had been in the restroom "for an extended amount of time," where Fertig had been shooting up heroin.
Sgt. Seth Fry, who responded to the scene, found a syringe which had heroin in it during a consent search of Fertig's purse, Woodruff said.
During a July 22 hearing, the court learned Fertig was staying with her bondsman in Toledo to stay away from "her old cronies." At the request of the state, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway prohibited Fertig from being in the Norwalk city limits except for court hearings, probation office visits and random drug screens. The bondswoman protested, but Fertig told the judge it was OK.
Conway ruled those same bond conditions, which include random drug screens, would remain in place.
"I'm going to have you tested today," the judge said Tuesday.
On Oct. 26, 2012, Fertig made local news when she was charged with public indecency at the Bob Evans parking lot on Milan Avenue.
The incident happened about 3:15 p.m. when several witnesses saw Fertig and Casey Dellisanti, 38, of 240 Ohio 61, having sex in a white GMC truck, police said.
"It doesn't appear they were boyfriend and girlfriend," Capt. Eric Hipp said at the time. "They had been in the restaurant. They had placed a food order, but hadn't received their food yet."
By the time officers arrived, Fertig and Dellisanti were inside the restaurant. The pair was charged with public indecency and released.
On Feb. 20 in Norwalk Municipal Court, Fertig was convicted of disorderly conduct. She was fined $200 and given a 30-day suspended jail sentence. Fertig is prohibited from entering the Bob Evans property during her two years of probation. Dellisanti received a similar sentence for a disorderly conduct conviction.
Fertig also is banned from Walmart for two years, following a Feb. 4 theft conviction that resulted in a 20-day jail term and $360 in fines and court costs. She and a 36-year-old Spring Street man were caught shoplifting at the Westwind Drive store in late January, police said.