3 nabbed after pursuit


Three people were arrested after a pursuit in Tiffin and Hopewell Township Monday afternoon.

About three weeks ago, arrest warrants were issued for Cyle J. Carter, 27, of Tiffin, and Robert L. Norville Jr., 41, of New Riegel, after a woman reported men broke into her trailer at 686 S. Sandusky St., Lot 80, and assaulted a man.

Norville, the driver in Monday’s pursuit, and Carter and Constance S. Norman, 39, of Tiffin, his passengers, were arrested in Hopewell Township and incarcerated in Seneca County Jail Monday.

About 12:45 p.m., Sgt. David Pahl advised the county’s dispatch center that he was pursuing a white Chevrolet Avalanche, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said Pahl, the sheriff’s office’s leader of the warrant and transports division, knew about the arrest warrants. Pahl passed the vehicle, which was westbound on US 224 near CR 19.


“He followed it back to (SR) 53 and (US) 224,” Eckelberry said.

Pahl followed Norville into a parking lot and activated overhead lights and a siren. Norville drove around the building and went south on SR 53, west on CR 52, north on TR 119 and east on US 224, Eckelberry said.

Eckelberry said Norville drove into a driveway, around a house, into the back yard and through a field, and went onto SR 18 and headed west. He drove on Veterans Memorial Parkway and on driveways, and Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt tried to block him, Eckelberry said.

Norville allegedly ran into Reinbolt’s vehicle, he said.

Norville then drove across SR 18, through a parking area, west on US 224 and into Seneca Memory Gardens. He went through fields, drove on TR 110 and traveled on a driveway next to a woods, Eckelberry said.

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“(They) got down to the creek,” he said.

They were unable to cross it and got out of the vehicle, he said.

Eckelberry said Deputy Chris Weimerskirch saw the two men coming out of a wooded area and positioned his car on TR 109.

“(He) ran back and confronted the two men,” he said.

Weimerskirch ordered them to the ground, he said.

“They were taken into custody,” he said.

Marley, a canine from Fostoria Police Department, started a track and found Norman in weeds along a ditch.

Norman was being held on a probation violation in Seneca County Jail Monday night, a jail spokesman said.

In July, Norman had pleaded no contest and was found guilty of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years of probation, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.

Eckelberry said Norville probably would be charged with fleeing and eluding and for damage to the cruiser, which he called an intentional act. Deputies were investigating the passengers’ roles in the incident Monday, he said.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Tiffin Police Department, Fostoria Police Department and State Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit.

The arrest warrants issued in November for Norville and Carter were for charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records state a woman reported Robert Norville Jr., Robert Norville III and Carter broke into her trailer at 686 S. Sandusky St., Lot 80, and assaulted Edward F. Carter. She reported they “busted open” the front door and shoved her into a wall as they rushed by her to get to Edward Carter, records state.

The woman witnessed the men punching and kicking Edward Carter, and the police officer observed blood coming from his face, court records state.

Robert L. Norville III, 19, of New Riegel, was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested about three weeks ago and remained incarcerated at Seneca County Jail Monday night.

He waived a preliminary hearing in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and his case was bound over to Seneca County Common Pleas Court, court records state.