Burglary, DUI, heroin defendants plead guilty

Willard woman stole TV; Norwalk man guilty of sixth DUI in 20 years.
Cary Ashby
Jun 16, 2014


A burglar, drunken-driver and drug dealer pleaded guilty to their respective charges last week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Rebecca A. Hale, 24, of 112 Dale St., Willard, was convicted of burglary for stealing a TV during a Sept. 7 incident. She faces six to 18 months behind bars when she is sentenced July 23 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In a separate case, John A. Waite, 60, of 1163 U.S. 20, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a second charge of DUI.

"He didn't take the (sobriety) test," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Waite's conviction is for a Sept. 7 traffic stop handled by the Norwalk Police Department. According to his indictment, "within 20 years of committing the offense, (Waite) previously had been convicted or pleaded guilty to five or more equivalent offenses."

"This was his sixth in 20 years," Woodruff said.

The prosecutor said there was a significant amount of time between Waite's previous DUI conviction and this one. The defendant will be sentenced Aug. 13.

In a third case heard Tuesday, Jason J. Taylor, 36, of 5173 Tomahawk Drive, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. The controlled drug buy happened Nov. 18.

"In exchange for that (plea), we agree to dismiss count two," Woodruff said, referring to trafficking in Fentanyl.

Taylor sold .08 grams of heroin to a confidential informant, he told Judge Jim Conway. The defendant, who earlier posted a $5,000 bond, will be sentenced July 24.

"The sale was made in the vicinity of a juvenile," Woodruff said.

Hale and Waite are out on personal recognizance bonds. That means they signed a court document in which they promised to appear for further hearings and didn't have to pay any money.



These incidences happened in SEPTEMBER and NOVEMBER 2013 and they pleaded GUILTY. They haven't been sentenced YET, just out free, roaming the streets. To top it off, two of them are out on personal recognizance bonds. Sure, they're going to remember to show up for sentencing. Let me guess . . . Judge Conway? Good grief!


How does that happen? Geezzzz


Well, they showed up to plead guilty LAST WEEK. The Common Pleas Judge has no role to play in the pre-indictment process and the timing of the post indictment hearings has been appropriate. Further Hale and Waite appeared at arraignment pursuant to summons and PR bonds are mandatory then.


John Wait is a repeat offender his butt should be in jail!!


the more lenient we are on DUI Offenders the more they will continue to do it. What.a.joke.
They do need to send him to jail.


6 dui's in 20 years? And why did he have a drivers license?