3 in court over pursuit charges

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Robert L. Norville Jr. (center of screen) appears via video before Judge Mark Repp (right) of Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court as prosecutor Richard Palau stands nearby.

Three people involved in a pursuit with law enforcement officers Monday appeared before Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp Wednesday.

Robert L. Norville Jr., 41, of New Riegel, was charged with fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony; assault, a fourth-degree felony; and desecration, a second-degree misdemeanor.

He was the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche that led law enforcement officers on a pursuit in Tiffin and Hopewell Township, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Norville was accused of attempting to cause physical harm to Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office by striking his county-owned vehicle while fleeing deputies and also defacing, driving over and on a Seneca Memory Gardens headstone belonging to Sgt. 1st Class Willford J. Clouse, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and Korea, court records state.

Passengers in the vehicle were Cyle J. Carter, 27, and Constance S. Norman, 39, both of Tiffin. They were charged with obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor,

About three weeks ago, arrest warrants had been issued for Carter and Norville after a woman reported men broke into her trailer at 686 S. Sandusky St., Lot 80, and assaulted a man.

The warrants were for charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Repp set Norville’s bond at $317,000, cash or surety, and Carter’s bond at $180,000, cash or surety.

Norman pleaded not guilty to obstructing official business. She had been incarcerated in Seneca County Jail on a probation violation and was ordered released on an own-recognizance bond.