Accused heroin dealer charged with threatening witness

Cary Ashby • Oct 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Moments after her arraignment, the accused heroin dealer was arrested on a separate warrant.

Kristy L. Dunn shook her head and wiped her face as she spoke with Norwalk Police Officer Paul Gardner in the hallway of Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Before the officer placed her in handcuffs, Dunn, 30, of 27 Grand Ave., hugged a woman who was in the courtroom with her. Dunn then was arrested on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant without incident and charged with intimidation of a crime witness.

A few minutes before that, she pleaded innocent to one count of trafficking in heroin in connection with a March 14 incident. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway scheduled Dunn's trial for Jan. 17 and at the request of Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, ordered her to have no association or communication with Kurt Miller.

After Monday's hearing, Leffler said the no-association order was a pro-active move to protect Miller, who isn't being charged.

"There's an allegation she got the drugs from him," Leffler said.

Dunn, who recently started working at a diner, had been out on a $5,000 bond.

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge issued a warrant for Dunn's arrest Oct. 12. The intimidation charge is in connection with a Sept. 12 incident.

"She threatened to cause physical harm (to the witness). ... The witness is a female," said Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel, who declined to elaborate.

If convicted of intimidation, a third-degree felony, Dunn faces nine months to three years in prison. The trafficking charge is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars. Norwalk police investigated both cases.

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