Teen back in court after second runaway attempt

PORT CLINTON Calvin Riley didn't say much as he appeared in Ottawa County juvenile court Friday afte
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

 

PORT CLINTON

Calvin Riley didn't say much as he appeared in Ottawa County juvenile court Friday afternoon, wearing a navy blue tanktop, jeans and handcuffs.

It's not clear why he ran away again while on probation for pulling a similar stunt in May. But this time, the potential consequences have mounted.

The 14-year-old Bronson Township boy faces charges of receiving stolen property after he was caught on the run in a stolen GMC pickup Thursday afternoon, east of Oak Harbor.

The charge is a fourth-degree felony for adults. More charges could be coming from Huron County after authorities review records from Rileys most recent getaway.

Riley incited a multi-state search in May when he stole another pickup truck and drove to Tennessee, armed with a rifle and ammunition.

His parents called Huron County Sheriff's officials to report him missing again at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

The truck he was driving was spotted in Ottawa County shortly before that by an Oak Harbor police detective.

Authorities later caught up with him in the parking lot of La Pointe United Methodist Church on Ohio 163.

He was charged with receiving stolen property and transported by Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies to the Sandusky County juvenile detention center, which shares its facility with Ottawa County.

Less than 24 hours later, Riley sat with his attorney, James Joel Sitterly, before Ottawa County Judge Kathleen Giesler.

Riley's mother and aunt sat behind them. They held a plastic bag for the boy containing soap, socks and other items.

Riley sat quietly, and responded softly when asked his name.

Sitterly and the court agreed to send him to Huron County for charges because that county has a warrant out for his arrest for violating his probation orders.

"After talking to my client and his mother, we think that would be in his best interest," Sitterly said.

Riley was taken to the Erie County juvenile detention center, which shares its facility with Huron County.

He will appear for a hearing on his warrant Monday in Huron County juvenile court.

Huron County assistant prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said her office is waiting for the police records to come in before prosecutors decide if and how they will charge Riley. He is also accused of breaking into a Carroll Township home.

Sitterly said Friday afternoon it would be inappropriate to speculate why Riley might have run away again.