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Woman caught after running from courtroom

September 5, 2012
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - A woman scheduled to appear Wednesday in Municipal Court found herself with additional charges and a lecture from Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling after she ran from the courtroom.

Angel M. Potts, 18, whose last known address was College Street, was slated to appear on two counts of receiving stolen property and had been escorted to the courtroom by St. Clair Township police detective Sgt. Brian McKenzie.

Leaving Potts seated in the courtroom, McKenzie stepped across the hallway for a moment to alert court staff of her arrival. When he went back across the hall, he found Potts missing. She was not handcuffed.

McKenzie alerted city police officers located downstairs in the same building, with Chief John Lane, Capt. Darin Morgan and Patrolman Jim Krawiec giving chase along with McKenzie.

After a short pursuit, Lane spotted Potts near Bricker's on Sixth Street, running with her sandals in hand. He yelled for her to stop or be Tasered, and she put up her hands and stopped, he said.

A handcuffed and crying Potts was brought back to the courtroom, where Byers Emmerling pointed out she was already on parole for petty theft and could now be looking at a parole violation and an escape charge in addition to her original charges.

The judge completed Potts' arraignment on the receiving stolen property charges, granting her a public defender, setting a pretrial for Sept. 13 and setting bond at $10,000 cash/surety.

She admonished Potts, "It's never, ever a good idea to lie or run. It never gets you to where you want to be. You're just making things worse."

At that point, Morgan entered the courtroom and issued an escape charge against Potts, which the judge informed her carries a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

She will appear on the escape charge at the Sept. 13 pretrial, with no additional bond set.

Township police had charged Potts Tuesday morning after two gold rings reported stolen in an Aug. 21 burglary at the home of Francis and Phyllis Conto, Fredericktown Road, were found at Cashland on St. Clair Avenue.

The rings were among a variety of jewelry, guns and other items taken from the Conto home, and McKenzie said Potts had taken the rings to sell at the Cashland store, where they were identified by Mrs. Conto.



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