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Local residents plead innocent to felony charges

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 12:30 AM

A suspected methamphetamine maker and accused robber made their first appearances Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In one case, Ian S. Poland, 26, of 39 Jefferson St., is charged with possession of drug-manufacturing chemicals in connection with a June 14 incident. If convicted of the second-degree felony, he faces two to eight years in prison and a mandatory fine of $7,500 to $15,000. His trial date is Sept. 6.

The Norwalk Police Department, including the special response team and uniformed officers, used a drug-related search warrant at 30 Woodlawn Ave. Police have said they collected unspecified evidence which confirmed meth was produced there at one point.

Poland was arrested along with Jack J. Leimeister, 24, of 25 Welton Ave., and Samantha J. Reed, 24, of 15 Fruen St. On Friday, a grand jury indicted each suspect on possession of drug-manufacturing chemicals.

“I am on post-release control,” Poland told Judge Jim Conway when asked if he had any felony convictions.

In January 2014, Poland received a 30-month prison sentence for a local Sept. 13, 2013 burglary. Police arrested Poland, who stole an HP laptop computer, in the basement of a Newton Street apartment complex shortly after he fled from inside a Cortland Street residence. Officers recovered the computer.

If Poland posts a $20,000 bond in the current case, he is prohibited from being on the property of 30 Woodlawn Ave. He also can’t have any contact or association with Leimeister and Reed. Poland also is subject to random drug screens.

In a separate case heard Monday, Matthew Robbins, 18, of 131 Attwood St., Bellevue, is charged with aggravated robbery, robbery and felonious assault, all in connection with a May 10 incident.

“This happened in the city of Norwalk. The victim did have to receive medical treatment,” said Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, who declined to elaborate Friday.

The male victim went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. It’s unknown if he knows Robbins.

If convicted of aggravated robbery, Robbins faces three to 11 years in prison. Robbery and felonious assault are second-degree felonies, which are punishable by two to years.

Robbins, whose trial date is Oct. 11, must post a $50,000 bond with a 10-percent provision before being released from jail. If he posts bail, he can’t have any association with the two victims and would be placed on electronically-monitored house arrest.

In other arraignments Monday, Jordan M. Aldrich, 26, of 313 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, and William Blanton, 51, most recently of 392 Gibbs Road, were released from jail on personal recognizance bonds. That means they signed a court document in which they promised to appear for future hearings and didn’t pay any money.

Aldrich is charged with one count each of conveying contraband into a detention facility and possession of cocaine in connection with a Jan. 3 incident. His trial date is Oct. 11.

Blanton faces possession of methamphetamine in connection with a June 30 incident. His trial date is Sept. 20.

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