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Judge releases bondsman from suspect's bail

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

A local bondsman has been released from the bond of a rural Willard man who was arrested at gunpoint last week.

Ronald D. Ruff, 34, of 2560 Niver Road, was arrested on three local warrants for receiving stolen property at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday in Willard. City police assisted the Huron County Sheriff's Office with making the arrest.

"Two of our officers observed him in Willard near Woodland and Main streets," sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said soon after the arrest. "The officers performed a felony traffic stop and Ronald Ruff was taken into custody at gunpoint. ... He was not armed and somewhat cooperative."

In a hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, bondsman Zac Crumrine requested Judge Jim Conway release him from Ruff's $45,000 bond since Crumrine said Ruff has received more charges since signing the bond agreement and his suspected accomplices are on the run. The bondsman also said he agreed with Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler who said Crumrine has the right to be released if he has concerns the defendant won't appear in court.

"I have an insurance company to answer to," Crumrine said.

Defense attorney Tom Freeman requested his client be released from custody since he won't be able to afford the $45,000 total bond. Conway denied the motion, saying the bail was reasonable.

The judge ruled Crumrine would be released from Ruff's surety bond and said the defendant will need to find someone else to post it.

Also during Monday's hearing, Conway ruled that Huron County Public Defender David Longo wouldn't be representing Ruff any more since Longo has been assigned to be the attorney for one of Ruff's co-defendants, his 40-year-old uncle, Randy.

"Randy is out on the lam," Freeman said.

Ruff's uncle remains at large on three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, which were filed through Norwalk Municipal Court in early December. The felonies are in connection with a Nov. 16 incident.

"A number of law-enforcement agencies have dealt with these two (defendants) for years," Englund said.

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