Defendants make first court appearances

Woman faces a new crime
Cary Ashby
Aug 15, 2014

 

A woman convicted of taking advantage of an elderly woman with dementia during a checks-related crime faces a new felony.

Megan R. Wiseman, 26, of 200 Benedict Ave., appeared Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court along with two other defendants. Each suspect entered a "not guilty" plea to their respective charges and had trial dates scheduled.

Wiseman, who is out on bond, is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with a Nov. 2 incident. If convicted, she faces nine months to three years in prison. Her trial date is Nov. 20.

"This happened before I was on probation," she said, referring to an April 2 conviction for receiving stolen property.

During a mid-May sentencing hearing, Wiseman said her "life is headed in a positive direction." She was in the middle of a Suboxone treatment. According to suboxone.com, it's used to suppress withdrawal symptoms from "opioid dependence-addiction" and reducing related cravings.

"I'm staying out of trouble," she told Judge Jim Conway in May. "I've been attending AA meetings; I even have a sponsor."

"I genuinely believe she's trying to get her life back on track," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge in May.

Conway had turned down Wiseman's request for drug intervention due to various probation violations through Norwalk Municipal Court. As part of the intervention program, defendants won't have a conviction on their record if they successfully complete a certified substance abuse program.

In another case Thursday, Matthew T. Baker, 35, of 99 Newton St., was arraigned on trafficking in heroin in connection with a Feb. 7 incident. He earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. His trial date is Nov. 18.

In a third case, Thomas F. Grossbeck Jr., 33, of Sandusky, goes to trial Nov. 13 on one count each of burglary and escape in connection with respective incidents on June 24 and July 2.

"I don't know where the escape (charge) came from," said Grossbeck, which prompted Longo to say his arraignment isn't the time to address specifics of the case.

Grossbeck, who earlier posted a $10,000 bond, is prohibited from being on the victim's Harkness Street property.

Baker and Wiseman are subject to random drug screens.