Teen pleads guilty to attacking paramedic, released on house arrest

Cary Ashby • Dec 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

A former Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty this week to attacking a paramedic and stealing her grandfather's credit card.

Lisa M. Barnett, 19, now of Sandusky, will be sentenced Feb. 5 for one felony count each of assaulting a paramedic and receiving stolen property. The convictions relate to separate incidents.

The assault happened Sept. 27 at Brian Buffet, a Plank Road restaurant where Barnett had a heroin overdose.

"The lady was crying and screaming and yelling about having Hepatitis C," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, during Barnett's late October arraignment, said Barnett "went into the bathroom and shot herself full of heroin."

"She was throwing up all over herself," he said.

North Central EMS was called to the scene. Woodruff said Barnett, while paramedics were attempting to treat her, scratched and bit a female medical worker. A witness who works near the restaurant said Barnett reportedly was half naked and running around the parking lot before paramedics arrived.

"I was not aware of that," Leffler said. "I didn't bring that to the attention of the grand jury."

Huron County Public Defender David Longo has said the bite didn't penetrate the victim's skin, but there was a "concern" about being scratched. Leffler said Friday he thinks the paramedic is doing OK now.

The receiving stolen property charge is for a Sept. 11 incident.

At Thursday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released Barnett on house arrest on a personal recognizance bond. She had been unable to 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

"She was going to move to Sandusky to live with an aunt and get away from Norwalk," Leffler said. "She promised (Conway) she would get treatment.

"She'd been in jail quite some time," said Leffler, who thinks Barnett could be a good candidate for a community-based corrections facility.

Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The judge ordered Barnett to undergo a random drug screen once a week, court administrator Linda Stower said.

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