Convicted forger, check thief released from prison

Cary Ashby • Jul 11, 2018 at 9:00 PM

A former Sandusky woman has been released early from prison.

Dawn (Warren) M. Sullivan, 37, was granted judicial release Monday, having served time since mid-September for three felonies.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway placed Sullivan on three years of probation and ordered her to reside in sober living facility. She also must pay restitution of $876.09 to the victims, which was ordered when she was sentenced to nearly two years in prison.

Sullivan has 90 days of jail time hanging over head; her probation officer has the discretion of when to have her serve part or all of it without a hearing.

Sullivan’s convictions are two counts of forgery and one charge of theft of checks. The crimes happened May 13, 2017.

This wasn’t her first prison sentence.

In early February 2011, Sullivan was sentenced to 11 months in prison for theft of checks and a related, four-count probation violation. Court records also indicate she had pleaded guilty on a bill of information, a court document which she signed which allowed her to be convicted and forgo having the case go through the grand jury process.

In another recent hearing, Zachary T. Boster, 20, most recently of 24 W. Main St., Greenwich, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. In exchange for the conviction on the fourth-degree felonies, prosecutors dismissed two counts of felonious assault and one charge each of tampering with evidence and failure to comply.

The Norwalk Police Department, firefighters and North Central EMS responded to a 9-1-1 call March 16 about a man being stabbed in his left eye at 8 Fifth St. The call came in about 10:10 a.m. Police Chief Mike Conney has said the incident took place in “public view,” with bystanders witnessing it and while Boster and the victim apparently knew each other, it was unclear at the time why Boster was in Norwalk and what prompted the stabbing.

“The victim at first was uncooperative and refused to identify (Boster),” Conney added.

Boster was accused of leading the state Highway Patrol on a pursuit that started in the Greenwich area and eventually ended several miles into Ashland County. He has been in jail since the March 16 incident and will be sentenced Aug. 23. 

In other hearings: 

• Marcia Barnett, 27, formerly of Willard and now of Detroit, was fined $250 and sentenced to a 90-day discretionary jail term Monday.

She was placed on three years of probation for complicity to commit forgery.

Barnett and Kyle Weiner, 28, were arrested in November as part of an investigation involving counterfeit bills being passed throughout Willard.

Willard police said they raided 109 1/2 Motson St., which was their residence at the time, on Nov. 10 and found evidence linking Barnett and Weiner to the counterfeit bills.

• Alan R. Blodgett, 34, of Toledo, was ordered Wednesday to complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for aggravated possession of drugs. He also was fined $250 as part of his three years of probation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Blodgett had been unable to post a $2,500 bond since being arrested by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail March 2.

• Shawn T. Cook, 42, of Elyria, was fined $250 and sentenced to a 90-day discretionary jail term Tuesday for aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine. He was placed on three years of probation.

• Jeremy R. Manus, 36, of Toledo, pleaded guilty July 3 to receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, in exchange for the dismissal of a similar first-degree misdemeanor. He earlier posted a $2,500 unsecured appearance bond and will be sentenced Aug. 15.

• Lance D. Signs, 41, most recently of 208 Ohio 601, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated possession of carfentanil. He has been in jail since June 3 and will be sentenced Aug. 22. 

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