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3 charges dismissed against man acquitted in fatal crash

Cary Ashby • May 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Two felonies and a misdemeanor were dismissed against a defendant acquitted earlier in connection with a 2017 fatal crash.

Prosecutors requested menacing by stalking and burglary, both felonies, and telecommunications harassment, a first-degree misdemeanor, be dismissed Tuesday against Kyle D. Greenwald, 24, of Wakeman. A grand jury filed a secret indictment May 30.

After nearly five hours of deliberation April 4, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found Greenwald “not guilty” of five charges in connection with a 2017 fatal crash. He faced two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one charge each of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).

Norwalk resident Todathon E. Wagner, 69, of 2465 Ridge Road, was the victim who was killed in the Dec. 15, 2017 fatal crash. The accident happened on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road.

After two days of jury selection, there was seven days of testimony. Five state troopers and several patrol lab officials testified for the state. Greenwald didn’t take the stand. His attorney called three witnesses to the stand.

“We called an expert whose name is Robert Belloto. He gave compelling testimony about the lack of support for the state’s position with respect to certain technical issues involving back-extrapolation data to reach a blood-alcohol level at the time of the incident,” defense attorney Brent English said after the verdict was announced.

In other hearings:

• Austin Burton, 20, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying convictions are one count each of robbery and theft. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

• Bryan K. Eastman Jr., 24, most recently of Norwalk, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted failure to notify authorities of his address change. His sentencing hearing is June 12.

• Wayne W. Enderby, 25, most recently of 543 Spangler St., Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of possession of cocaine and OVI. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one charge of aggravated possession of drugs. Enderby’s sentencing hearing is June 12.

• Cody J. Jenkins, 27, most recently of 39 W. Seminary St., Apt. A, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for aggravated possession of methamphetamine. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay a $240 reimbursement to the Norwalk Police Department. 

• Joni I. Klein, 40, most recently of 28 Bouscay Ave., Apt. D, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated trafficking in Percocet with a juvenile present. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in drugs. Klein’s sentencing hearing is June 13.

• Mallory A. Kucinic, 19, of Shelby, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated trafficking in drugs in exchange for the dismissal of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school. Judge Jim Conway revoked Kucinic’s $10,000 bond for an undisclosed reason and set a sentencing date for June 12.

• Gregory A. Meade, 32, formerly of 28 Pitt St., was sentenced Thursday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for one count each of attempt to commit an offense (burglary), aggravated menacing and assault. Also as conditions of his three years of probation, he was fined $250 and ordered to pay $20 in restitution.

• Rafael A. Mendez Jr., 41, most recently of 11316 Bellamy Road, Berlin Heights, was fined $250 Thursday for two counts of obstruction of justice as a condition of three years of probation.

• Claud E. Reed, 38, formerly of 3145 Ohio 61, Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for trafficking in drugs. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $250 and ordered to pay a $20 reimbursement to the Willard Police Department.

• James D. Thornsberry, 24, formerly of 312 S. Main St., Willard, was sentenced Thursday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in heroin. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $500 and ordered to pay an $80 reimbursement to Willard police.

• Blake A. Vick, 27, most recently of 33 Morley Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one charge each of possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools. Conway revoked Vick’s $10,000 bond for an undisclosed reason and set his sentencing hearing for June 13.

• Charles W. Werner Jr., 49, most recently of 19 W. League St., Apt. C, was sentenced Wednesday to a 90-discretionary jail sentence for two counts of theft of drugs. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $500. Werner’s probation officer has the discretion of when to impose part or all of the jail term without a hearing.

• Kirk C. Wilber, 46, whose address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a fentanyl-related compound. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed of one count each of possession of heroin and possessing drug abuse instruments. Wilber’s sentencing hearing is June 13.

• Cory P. Young, 23, of Elyria, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail for an undisclosed probation violation. He will be unsuccessfully terminated from community control after serving his sentence. Young’s underlying conviction is burglary and receiving stolen property (firearm).

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