2018-07-11 / Front Page

Charges filed on four arrested in July 1 drug bust

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Four county residents who were arrested in the early morning hours of July 1 for various drug-related violations have been formally charged by Carroll County Prosecutor Nickolas McLeland. Two of the defendants will appear in Carroll Superior Court and two have already appeared in Carroll Circuit Court.

First Deputy in the Carroll County Assessor’s Office Lauren E. Criswell has been charged with a Level 6 Felony for Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled

Substance and Possession of Marijuana, which is a Class B-Misdemeanor. Criswell bonded out of jail after her arrest and will have an initial hearing July 26 at 1 p.m. in Superior Court.

Elizabeth A. Lind was charged with a Level 6 Felony for Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substance, a Class BMisdemeanor for Possession of Marijuana and a Class CMisdemeanor for Possession of Paraphernalia. Lind also bonded out of jail and is also scheduled for an initial hearing July 26 at 1 p.m. in Superior Court.

William Duff was charged with a Level 4 Felony for Dealing in Methamphetamine with enhancing circumstances for a prior conviction; a Level 5 Felony for Possession of less than five grams of Methamphetamine; a Level 5 Felony for Dealing in Marijuana with a prior conviction for drug dealing; a Level 6 Felony for Possession of Marijuana with a prior drug offense conviction, a Level 6 Felony for Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substance; and a Class C Misdemeanor for Possession of Paraphernalia.

Charges were filed in Circuit Court and Duff appeared in an initial hearing on July 3 at 3 p.m. The Court found Duff to be indigent and appointed Attorney Patrick Manahan to represent him. He pled not guilty to all charges. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. Bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent cash allowed and Duff was remanded to the Sheriff of Carroll County.

Erin M. Hetsko was charged by the Prosecutor with a Level 4 Felony for Dealing in Methamphetamine between one and five grams; a Level 6 Felony for Possession of Methamphetamine; a Level 6 Felony for Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Controlled Substance; a Class A-Misdemeanor for Dealing in Marijuana; and a Class BMisdemeanor for Possession of Marijuana.

Hetsko appeared at an initial hearing July 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Carroll Circuit Court. She requested court-appointed legal counsel. Attorney Steven Knecht was appointed. Hetsko pleaded not guilty to all charges and an omnibus hearing was set for Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. Bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent cash allowed. She remains in the Carroll County Jail.

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