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07-30-03: Extradition on hold for now
The Daily Standard

    Brian L. Anderson, a former Jewett Drive resident, will face a felony charge of escape here before being extradited to Florida.
    Anderson, who was shackled at the wrists and ankles and flanked by two Mercer County Sheriff's deputies, said little during an arraignment hearing this morning in Celina Municipal Court.
    "Do you understand the charge?" Judge James Scheer asked the defendant. Anderson raised his eyebrows before responding "Yeah."
    The defendant responded to the next question from the judge - "Can you afford an attorney" with a simple "Nope" as he appeared to study the far wall in the courtroom. "Yep" was his response to a question about whether he would like an attorney.
    The judge appointed James Tesno as defense attorney and entered a not guilty plea on Anderson's behalf. Bond was set at $25,000 cash with a pretrial hearing to be held at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 11.
    If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.
    The judge and Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Fox said Anderson will remain unavailable for extradition to Florida until the local felony charge is resolved.
    Anderson entered a not guilty plea to assorted misdemeanor charges of assault and injuring animals as well as traffic violations of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, blood-alcohol content, no operator's license and a stop sign violation.
    The misdemeanor charges, which carry maximum sentences of six months and 90 days respectively, stem from April 19 incidents in which he struck Craig Anderson in the head and grabbed a dog by the throat before twice slamming it to the ground. The traffic charges were filed the following day. The judge ordered a recognizance bond pending the Aug. 11 pretrial.
    Jamie Rassman, who is associated with the Adult Parole Authority of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, filed a complaint charging Anderson with escape, a third-degree felony.
    The former Celina man had been under the supervision of the parole authority since July 7, 2002, as a result of prior conviction for robbery and burglary, both third-degree felonies. The 1999 offenses occurred here in Mercer County.
    Rassman's complaint noted Anderson failed to inform a parole officer regarding his residence since April 22 of this year. An officer visited his last known address - 106 Jewett Drive  - that day. Anderson's mother, Tina Hay, reportedly said he no longer resided there.
    In addition, Anderson failed to notify authorities in regard to an April 20 arrest for traffic offenses. A bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear in municipal court for a May 2 arraignment.
    Anderson was incarcerated May 23 in the Taylor County Jail in Perry, Fla., on charges of burglary and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He and a 17-year-old accomplice, Harvey Scott Jordan, escaped from the facility July 23.
    The teen-ager, who has a lengthy criminal history and prior adjudications as an adult, was taken into custody the following day by Celina police. Anderson was arrested Saturday at a mobile home on Touvelle Street.
    Florida authorities have indicated they plan to charge the pair with escape, grand theft and criminal mischief.


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