Assault defendant accused of biting, scratching paramedic

Cary Ashby • Nov 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

A local woman was arraigned Monday on an allegation she bit and scratched a paramedic while she was being treated in connection with shooting up heroin.

Lisa M. Barnett, 19, of 80 St. Mary's St., Lot 20, entered "not guilty" pleas to one felony count each of receiving stolen property and assault. She's scheduled to go to trial Jan. 3 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

The receiving stolen property charge, which involves a credit card, is in connection with a Sept. 11 incident while the assault relates to a Sept. 27 offense.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff discussed the suspected assault, which happened at Brian's Buffet near Plank Road.

"She went into the bathroom and shot herself full of heroin," Woodruff said. "She was throwing up all over herself."

North Central EMS was called to the scene. Woodruff said the defendant, while paramedics were attempting to treat her, scratched and bit a female medical worker. The prosecutor said authorities later received information that Barnett possibly has Hepatitis C, which means the victim will have to be checked regularly for a long period of time.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the bite didn't penetrate the victim's skin, but there was a "concern" about being scratched.

Barnett must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. She is subject to random drug screens.

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