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Woman convicted for role in drug sales near school

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 15, 2017 at 9:01 PM

A local woman has been convicted of felony crimes for her role in heroin sales taking place in a school zone.

Christa M. Lane, 31, of 716 Park St., Willard, pleaded guilty multiple drug-related felonies Tuesday.

She was convicted of two counts of aiding and abetting trafficking in heroin in a school zone, one count of trafficking in heroin in a school zone, two counts of possession of drugs and three counts of permitting drug abuse.

Lane, who has been in jail since June 15, is awaiting her Oct. 26 sentencing hearing.

In other court news, a Norwalk man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for one count of endangering children.

Willie L. Otis, 39, formerly of 13 Sycamore Drive, Apt. D, pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree felony during the same Huron County Common Pleas Court hearing. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two counts of endangering children, both second-degree felonies and one charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the suspected April 18 domestic violence incident. According to an officer’s report, a mother came to the station and accused her father of abusing her son.

Otis has been in the Huron County Jail since June 27.

In other court hearings this week:

• Jacob T. Frost, 26, of 617 Dewey St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated possession of drugs in exchange for dismissal of one count of possession of a controlled substance. He earlier posted 10 percent of a $17,000 bond and will be sentenced Oct. 25.

• Natasha M. W. Ross, 24, of Sandusky, admitted Monday to violating the terms of her intervention in lieu of conviction. As a result, Judge Jim Conway entered a conviction on one count of possession of cocaine and 3-methylfentanyl.

Ross faces 30 days of discretionary jail time during her three years of probation and she also was fined $250. The discretionary time means her probation officer can impose part or all of the sentence at any time without a hearing. 

• Jesse Sarmiento, 44, of 200 Steeplechase Drive, Bellevue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted felonious assault. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed of one count each of disrupting public service, a fourth-degree felony, and domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Sarmiento has been in jail since June 25 and been unable to post a $30,000 bond. His sentencing date is Oct. 25.

• Dawn M. Sullivan, 36, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of forgery and one count of theft of checks. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of forgery and two counts of theft of checks. 

Sullivan has been unable to post a $5,000 bond since being booked into the jail June 28. She will be sentenced Sept. 26.

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