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Vehicle thief charged with having crack

Cary Ashby • Jun 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A rural Willard man convicted of stealing a vehicle faces a new drug felony.

Ronald D. Ruff, 34, of 2560 Niver Road, is charged with possession of a controlled substance in connection with a traffic stop Wednesday by the state Highway Patrol. Sgt. Jason Demuth made the stop on Townline Road 12 by Keefer Street in Willard, according to patrol and Norwalk Municipal Court records.

Ruff is accused of possessing crack cocaine, according to Demuth's report. A patrol spokeswoman said the case is pending and Demuth sent the suspected drugs to the patrol's lab in Columbus for analysis.

Earlier this month, Ruff pleaded guilty to grand theft of a motor vehicle in Huron County Common Pleas Court. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a separate charge of receiving stolen property in connection with a vehicle-related offense Nov. 2.

One of the crimes happened on Townline Road 111, Plymouth. The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

On Jan. 9, Ruff was arrested at gunpoint during a traffic stop near Woodland and Main streets in Willard. The Willard Police Department assisted deputies, who have said the defendant was unarmed and "somewhat cooperative."

Ruff faces six to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced July 17.

He had been out on a $30,000 bond before being transported to the Huron County Jail after Wednesday's traffic stop.

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