Former Wood County woman sentenced for assault, theft

A former Wood County resident has been sentenced for assault and theft.

Love Ezell, 49, currently of Holland, was transported from the jail Tuesday to the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Matt Reger.

She was indicted in September for assault, a fourth-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Ezell was indicted again in November for theft and identity fraud, both fifth-degree felonies.

In December, she pleaded guilty to the theft in one case and assault and OVI in the second case.

A nationwide warrant had been issued for her arrest when she didn’t appear for her sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 31.

Defense attorney Steve Spitler asked for a sentence of community control. He said that Ezell had substance abuse issues and that would allow her to seek the inpatient treatment she needs.

“I know that I need treatment,” Ezell said, and added that all of her problems stem from drug usage.

On Aug. 15, she stole a credit card and used its owner’s identification as her own.

As Ezell was placed under arrest Aug. 27 by two Bowling Green police officers, she attempted to pull away and dug her fingernails into one of their arms and caused scratches. According to the police report, she was taken to the ground where she continued to scratch and grab the arresting officers.

Ezell reportedly kicked one officer in the groin and tore a portable radio mic off an outer vest of another, according to the report.

This occurred after the officers observed the vehicle she was driving make several moving violations.

Wood County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Boos said the state would not be making a sentencing recommendation.

Reger imposed a sentence of five years of community control, with the condition if Ezell goes one year with no violations, he will forgive a year. If she goes two years without any violations, he will forgive two years.

He reserved 30 months for the assault and theft charges and imposed 90 days in jail for the OVI as it was Ezell’s second offense within 10 years.

She will have her licenses suspended for one year upon her release.