Janet Barber

JAY – A Wyandotte man has been set with a jury trial date in Delaware County’s District Court Monday morning.

Mark Edward Chmiel, 40, received a jury trial date of Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. by Judge Robert G. Haney during the felony disposition docket set Monday morning.

Chmiel has been charged with a felony count of burglary in the second degree and two misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after officers responding to a burglary call to a home located in the Grove area, discovered syringes full of methamphetamine in the suspect’s pants pocket.

The owner of the home called the Sheriff’s Department on May 28 to report that a man was in the barn at his residence. Deputy David Sergeant responded along with Grove Police Officer Mike Dollarhide.

According to the report filed in district court, the officers arrived at the scene and saw a man running from the barn carrying an object in his hand. Officers commanded him drop the weapon and placed him under arrest. When asked if he had any other weapons, he told the officers he had needles in his pockets. He was transported to the Delaware County Jail.

During their investigation, officers discovered Chmiel has a FBI number with extensive drug charges as well as burglary charges on his record.

According to district court records, in Delaware County, Chmiel was convicted of unlawful delivery of marijuana in Nov. 1993, a felony, and was sentenced to 15 years in the penitentiary. In April of 1993, he was convicted of two counts of driving under the influence, both felonies, and was sentenced to 5 years with all except the first 90 days suspended.

Chmiel was released on a $11,000 bond on June 1, 2007, but failed to appear in district court on July 3. An outstanding warrant was issued for his arrest and his bond was doubled.

Chmiel was arrested and remains incarcerated in lieu of a $21,000 bond.