Drug dealer convicted

Cary Ashby • Updated Dec 14, 2018 at 2:59 PM

A Bellevue man made a plea deal with the state this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Brandon L. Arnold, 37, most recently of 116 Union St., pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated trafficking in drugs with the forfeiture of a cell phone and an undisclosed amount of money. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed a similar, third-degree felony.

Arnold had been in custody since Oct. 2, when the Norwalk Police Department arrested him and transported him to the Huron County Jail. On Wednesday, Judge Jim Conway ordered the sheriff’s office to remove an ankle monitor and have Arnold released from custody, according to court and jail records, so he could “answer to the charges in Sandusky County.” The judge further ordered that once Arnold’s case is completed, authorities will re-install the ankle monitor.

Arnold’s sentencing hearing is Feb. 13.

In another case, Conway granted judicial release Tuesday to Racheal L. Bryant. The 42-year-old former Willard woman agreed to complete the Teen Challenge program as part of her three years of probation. Teen Challenge is an intense, Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions that last one year to 18 months. 

Bryant, in late January, pleaded guilty to endangering children, a third-degree felony. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.

She received a 30-month prison sentence Feb. 21. The Willard Police Department investigated the Nov. 4, 2017 incident 

In other hearings:

• Matthew J. Gallagher, 42, of Romulus, Mich., pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated possession of drugs in exchange for the dismissal of two, similar fifth-degree felonies. He is out on a $10,000 bond, with his sentencing hearing scheduled for Feb. 14.

• Jonathan M. Newsome, 21, most recently of 818 S. Main St., Apt 5, Willard, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of trafficking in heroin and one charge each of trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in suboxone. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed two charges of trafficking in drugs. Newsome has posted a $2,500 bond and will be sentenced Feb. 14.

• Jason R. Oney, 41, most recently of 2607 Egypt Road, Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in drugs suboxone in a school zone. He earlier posted a $5,000 bond and will be sentenced Feb. 14.

• Roy A. Stewart, III, 37, most recently of 217 E. Main St., pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced to 180 days in jail as part of his one year on probation.

• James A. Webb, 58, most recently of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 117, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He is out on a $10,000 bond and will be sentenced Feb. 13.

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