WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the second day in a row, a former attorney charged with permitting drug abuse will not come out of her jail cell for court.
Maridee Costanzo, 64, was supposed to be arraigned Friday, refusing to leave her cell at the Trumbull County Jail.
The charge against Costanzo stems from four overdose calls at a house she owns in the 100 block of Genesee Avenue. According to a police report, officers were called there on July 18 after a reported overdose. Police reported that they had been to the house four times over the past three months for similar calls.
Costanzo failed to appear in court for her arraignment on a permitting drug abuse charge in July, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Police arrested her on Wednesday at her house on Genesee Avenue, which the Health Department condemned due to “deplorable conditions,” according to a police report.
She was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for her arraignment, but she refused to leave her cell at the jail, according to court records. Her hearing was reset for Friday morning.
Costanzo is a former Trumbull County attorney who had her license revoked in 2005 when she was convicted of trying to have her husband killed.
She was also accused in 2017 of being part of a theft ring spanning three counties. She pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was sentenced to two years in a corrections program, with 120 days of residential confinement. She also was credited with 25 days of time served.