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Police chase suspects destroyed headstone of veteran, appear in court




Three individuals that were involved in a police chase Monday appeared in Judge Mark Repp’s courtroom Wednesday.

According to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, Robert L. Norville, 41, of New Riegel, was charged with fleeing and eluding, a 3rd degree felony; assault, a 4th degree felony; and desecration, a 2nd degree misdemeanor.

Mr. Norville was the driver in Monday’s police chase that shocked Tiffin residents, according to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Norville was also accused of attempting to cause physical harm to a Seneca County Sheriff’s Detective. According to court documents, Det. Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt was the target of Norville’s attempt. Norville allegedly struck Reinbolt’s county-owned vehicle while fleeing the deputies.

In addition to causing harm to law enforcement, clourt documents shows that Norville also is being accused of defacing and driving over a headstone in Seneca Memory Gardens belonging to Sgt. 1st Class Willford J. Clouse, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and Korea.

As you may remember, Carter and Norville, as well as Norville’s son, had arrest warrants issued after a woman reported they broke into her trailer and assaulted Edward F. Carter. This occurred about three weeks ago.

Cyle Carter, 27 and Constance Norman, 39, both of Tiffin, were Norville’s passengers. They are being charged with obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor, to which Norman pleaded not guilty. She was incarcerated in Seneca County Jail for a probation violation and then released.

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

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