Break-in defendant accused of driving drunk, without license

Despite Norwalk man's apology, judge orders him to be held without bond until next court hearing.
Cary Ashby
Apr 4, 2014

The break-in defendant apologized to his probation officer for missing an appointment.

Kenneth A. Bodnar, 25, of 18 Gallup Ave., is accused of violating his probation. He appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

"The basis of the violation is he continues to drive without his license and drives drunk," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Bodnar, who is on probation for an unspecified conviction through Erie County, stipulated there was probable cause for the probation violation.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Bodnar's new charges are all misdemeanors and one of them is pending.

"It was originally a felony, but was it was pled down to a misdemeanor," Longo said.

Judge Jim Conway asked Bodnar how he would get to work since his license is suspended. The defendant said his father would be willing to drive him.

"Obviously no driving. I'm disappointed you're driving now," Conway told Bodnar.

The judge ordered Bodnar to be held without bond until his April 28 merits hearing. The judge said the defendant could be released and placed on electronically-monitored house arrest, which may be payable to Bodnar or could be funded through a grant.

Bodnar was placed on three years of probation Aug. 21, 2012. In addition to a $250 fine, he and his accomplice, Nathan D. Alvord, 22, of Norwalk, must reimburse the victim $150. Bodnar also was sentenced to 60 days in jail on the work release program for complicity to breaking and entering.

The pair's convictions were for a March 7, 2012 incident when Bodnar drove Alvord to the intersection of Ohio 18 and Ohio 601. Alvord came back after the nearby break-in with about $150 in bills and loose change, which he later converted to cash at Walmart and then paid Bodnar the $30 or $40 he owed him, prosecutors said.

Comments

mikeylikesit's picture
mikeylikesit

better get your drunk driving license, son..

J Cooper

Held without bond, but then placed on house arrest, another Conway masterpiece....

youvegotobekiddingme

At least with him being placed on electronically-monitored house arrest, the county is not paying for him to stay in the HC jail.

kennybe888

U know before u start bad mouthing people know this my name is Kenneth Bodnar I caught this charge about 3 years ago when I was bad on pills and I made a mistake ... I thank god every day the judge sent me to cbcf cause I haven't touched a pill since 2012 the only people who don't make it are the people who don't want to I got out and got a full time real job not no fast food crap I don't do drugs and I'm almost done with my probation I drink a little bit with friends at the bar I went out Friday had some drinks I waited 2 hours and drank water and felt fine to drive I may not have my license but I keep my car insured and try to do what I have to I work 50 hours a week try to afford a taxi when ur trying to be a adult and get on with ur life I'm not perfect but I'm trying and for some reason this paper and it's wonderful slander keeps me in my shadow of the past ... I made a mistake but thank god I'm out and maintaining my job cause if it wasn't for it I wouldn't have nothing but for u people to judge with out knowing me is wrong and u act like I'm so bad I'm no dope fiend and I don't do drugs but I'm human and make mistakes and how am I paying for it let's see I have to go back to jail and right now to save my job I'm wearing 2 tethers one for GPS house arrest and the other scram for alcohol so before u act like u know who I am and how bad I really am ... Think about this town and the real problems with drugs before u start talking about a case 3 years old

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mikeylikesit

dont take these comments too seriously. it's a jungle in here. anyway, the comments section is no place to try to prove what you're made of. do that at home, at work, and in the community where you live. my comment was more directed at the headline, as if having a license would have made a difference in a dui case. either way, we pick on everybody who makes the news. you can be thankful im not gay or i would probably try to marry you too like i do with almost everybody else..

J Cooper

Still drinking and rationalizing the difference with your drug and booze problem, alcohol is a drug and "felt fine" you were still impaired and could kill an innocent person.

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swiss cheese kat

Driving without a license is a crime nitwit.

mcgoff01

First of all, why admit driving with no license. Dude, you need to stop. Mikey, I thought your fingers were cut off?

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mikeylikesit

not mine, i didn't touch that weave!

somescrewyname

Mikeylikesit, you weren't being honest LOL, not only are the people in the article picked on, we pick on each other over comments made.

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mikeylikesit

i try to keep it honest but im old and forgetful..

swiss family

well Kenny... I will be honest with you... I think it is commendable of you to think that you are doing so much better than before , but the truth is, you are not, really, first of all, you have no idea how to do simple math, you keep saying that your drug problem was in 2012 and that was 3 years ago... well this is April, the 4th month of 2014... so it was at MOST 2 years... probably less... and in that time, you have obviously aged quite a bit, because I can't find a period in any of the mess that you put out there......

the truth is Kenny, that , just like J Cooper said Alcohol is a drug and you do NOT have a license so driving is a crime for you and driving "buzzed" for you with no license is also a crime for you....People will stop picking on you when you clean up your act... NOT before....You are young, and part of the privilege of youth is the capacity of doing dumb things... and you certainly have not let anyone down in that capacity.But as you approach 30 , (which I will help you out, will be within the next 5 years)that allowance goes away, and people expect you to be more responsible and at the very least, expect you to stay off the public roads if you are not allowed to be on them, and are in no condition to be on them...

Go to work, don't drive there though, until you have a license to do so,and be responsible... if you can turn your anger into responsibility , you will eventually be all right..

swiss family

well Kenny... I will be honest with you... I think it is commendable of you to think that you are doing so much better than before , but the truth is, you are not, really, first of all, you have no idea how to do simple math, you keep saying that your drug problem was in 2012 and that was 3 years ago... well this is April, the 4th month of 2014... so it was at MOST 2 years... probably less... and in that time, you have obviously aged quite a bit, because I can't find a period in any of the mess that you put out there......

the truth is Kenny, that , just like J Cooper said Alcohol is a drug and you do NOT have a license so driving is a crime for you and driving "buzzed" for you with no license is also a crime for you....People will stop picking on you when you clean up your act... NOT before....You are young, and part of the privilege of youth is the capacity of doing dumb things... and you certainly have not let anyone down in that capacity.But as you approach 30 , (which I will help you out, will be within the next 5 years)that allowance goes away, and people expect you to be more responsible and at the very least, expect you to stay off the public roads if you are not allowed to be on them, and are in no condition to be on them...

Go to work, don't drive there though, until you have a license to do so,and be responsible... if you can turn your anger into responsibility , you will eventually be all right..

kennybe888

Ya ur right (Swiss ) hahah cause u know I guess not being on pills isn't better then legally drinking (no ones perfect) and ya it's over a year cause I delayed the case sentencing almost a year with my attorney (paid for) btw simple math hahaha that's cute I see all ur posts and I can't help thinking u don't have a life besides on here putting down people (that's sad) you and anyone can think what you wanna think doesn't mean your right ... And I may drive but I never said I was perfect I make mistakes and so do u only difference is I got caught and you didn't ... But thanks for the post haha

swiss family

Kenny, Kenny, Kenny... first of all, if you will notice, I did NOT comment on this post at all until YOU commented on it, so then I responded to your idiotic comments, so if you say that I have no life except for the blogs, then what does that say for your sad existence my friend???I will say that your exciting life is filled with crime and court and jail and lawyers and drug testing, mine is not, so you might be right, your life is far more exciting than mine at this point anyway.

Oh and to actually admit publicly on here that you still drive, without a license , coming from bars, will probably give your probation officer a heart attack,and the local law enforcement's heart beating faster... but my friend it was not real smart, which is shocking considering all of the truly intelligent choices you have made thus far...oh and to quote a really smart blogger... "ha ha"...

J Cooper

Would hope his probation officer reads his posts, clear indication he still doesn't get it and is in denial of the larger problem.

ladydye_5

I agree with Swiss and J Cooper...not sure how happy his lawyer and probation officer are with him right now. Nothing like coming on a newspaper blog and ADMITTING to driving with no license and drinking while you do it. Yes it does seem his life is a bit more exciting than ours.