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Theft, drug trial begins in Seneca

The trial of a Fostoria man accused of two crimes started in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff's courtroom Monday.

Daniel J. Latora, 26, is standing trial on charges of complicity to theft from a disabled adult, a third-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Sgt. William Campbell of Fostoria Police Department testified about conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle and a search warrant that was executed.

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Sgt. William Campbell of Fostoria Police Department holds a bag containing pills as he testifies during the trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Monday.

Officer Cory Bryan of Fostoria Police Department testified he observed a small green pill on the seat after Latora stepped out of the vehicle. He said he did not discover drugs on Latora's body during a pat-down.

Pills located that day were found to contain the narcotic oxycodone, Campbell said.

Officer Gabe Wedge of Fostoria Police Department testified the tablets that Bureau of Criminal Investigation tested and that were found to contain oxycodone were 15 mg.

Wedge said Latora had a prescription for medication, and the strength of the pills he was prescribed was 5 mg.

Blayne Lippert, who has an Individualized Education Program, testified Sierra Baker, who is Latora's girlfriend, asked for $750 after he had known her for a couple of weeks. He said she needed the money for rent, a cellphone bill and utilities, and he gave her the money for which she asked.

Lippert testified nearly $12,000 was stolen from him.

The trial is to resume at 8:45 a.m. today.

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