Norwalk man pleads guilty to heroin-related felony charge

Defendant previously served 4-month term for using 3-year-old son's urine during drug screen.
Cary Ashby
Dec 13, 2013

A Norwalk man with a drunken driving conviction pleaded guilty Tuesday to having heroin residue during a search of his home.

Shane J. Nichols, 24, of 2850 Zenobia Road, was convicted of possession of heroin and will be sentenced Jan. 23.

"The state would not oppose community control in this case. This is his first felony," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

Also, Shenker told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway the state likely would recommend a discretionary jail term depending on how well the defendant does on bond. Nichols, who earlier posted a $5,000 bond, faces six to 12 months behind bars. A discretionary jail term means the judge would impose a sentence, which could be served at the discretion of the defendant's probation officer who also could ask to have the jail term waived.

On April 11, the Huron County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance at Nichols' home. Shenker said the property owner -- the defendant's grandfather -- reported his grandson had been using illegal drugs and requested deputies search the home.

"Drug paraphernalia was found in the bedroom the defendant used," Shenker said.

Deputies seized separate baggies containing a straw, spoon and paper, all with suspected heroin residue, as evidence for lab testing. Shenker said the police lab tested the items and determined there was a trace amount of heroin on the paper.

Last year, Nichols served a four-month sentence at the Huron County Jail for violating his probation by using then 3-year-old son's urine during a drug screen. The defendant was on the drug court program through Norwalk Municipal Court at the time for a driving under the influence conviction.

The DUI conviction was for a minor, two-vehicle collision Aug. 7, 2011 that involved a woman who was about seven months pregnant at the time. She later went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with possible injuries; authorities said the woman "seemed to be doing great" and her unborn child also was OK.

Troopers with the state Highway Patrol, conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Nichols, which he failed. The driver also submitted a urine test, which tested positive later for amphetamine, troopers said. Keefer said Nichols' probation officer said the defendant was on a "bath salt binge" at the time of the crash on U.S. 250 at the Old State Road intersection.

Nichols, starting in mid-November 2011, served 30 days in jail for the DUI.


R U Kidding me

why are we fighting this war on heroin its a waste of tax payers money let them have it all they can take till they od. Then were shed of it


the problem with your plan is some people don't overdose. I knew a few people in the 80's and 90's who shot heroin and pills. the one fella smoked a lot of crack along with the other drugs. they are dead now and im sure the drugs contributed to their poor health but none overdosed. at times im sure they had enough that if they shot the works it would have been fatal but somehow they managed to stay alive for decades with their habit. only one made it to 50+ years old, the youngest was 39..

R U Kidding me

ok see what I am saying about saving the tax payer you say they died at young ages it don't come out of the working mans social security. give them enough and they will do it right


You guys are nuts! Chances are they wont over dose and you will still have to keep your doors locked and your possessions bolted down. But its not just a problem with poor white trash, their are all different walks of life hooked on opiates. I am well aware of teachers, firemen, Doctors, lawyers, trashmen, and everyone in between that has had a problem or had a kid that has an opiate addiction. The drugs don't discriminate, and do and can effect all walks of life. The only thing that is going to help us in this desperate epidemic, is education. Acknowledging this problem and educating our kids about the risks and severity of this crisis is the only way it is going to change..... our youth and future generations are going to have to make a stand and choose to head down the right path. Untill these kids decide that these drugs are destroying the community and entire generations we are going to continue to repeat the same cycles and generational habbits... it is time we as people of this community make a stand against this epidemic and give our kids the tools they need to break these chains that are destroying our community.


nuts? that must make you the dick in the middle..

Scranton Tibbs


swiss family

yea, your honor, more education..... yea that is what we need..... are you serious.. you don't think everyone has heard that Heroin is very, very addictive.. and that you can be hooked after only one try???? do you think that everyone has not seen the pictures of the heroin addicts in the paper, and seen people in their 20's or 30's that look like they are in their 60's or 70's??? yes , lets throw more money at it, like we always think will take care of the problem, only to find out that it doesn't.. and that it can be the Judges ans lawyers who are then making money on it.....hey????


they would if someone mixed a bad batch of herion and put it out in the streets for that purpous alone!

chetbobalowski's picture

Someone's getting a lump of coal in their stocking.

R U Kidding me

Aeversole just what I was saying flood the market with a bad batch of opiates and then your comment comes into play doctors lawyers fireman see all the new employment opportunities