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Woman who OD'd on heroin has bond revoked for opiate usage, new felony

Cary Ashby • Aug 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A former Norwalk woman convicted of attacking a paramedic after a heroin overdose had her bond revoked Wednesday in connection with a probation violation.

In December, Lisa M. Barnett, 20, now of Sandusky, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of assaulting a paramedic and receiving stolen property.

"She is not a resident of Huron County. She does not have any employment," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

"She continues to use opiates. ... She has been charged with a new felony while she is on probation," Kasper added.

Barnett is charged with theft through Sandusky Municipal Court. The fifth-degree felony, investigated by the Sandusky Police Department, is in connection with an Aug. 18 incident.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the charge is a felony only because it deals with a money order, which he said doesn't have a "high value."

Barnett's local convictions are for two incidents.

She stole a relative's credit card Sept. 11.

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

"This was a heckuva scene at the Brian Buffet. The young lady was in great distress, doing more heroin than she should," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said in February. "The people who were there reported it was worse than what was in the police report."

Barnett yelled about having Hepatitis C, went into the bathroom, "shot herself full of heroin" and then threw up "all over herself," prosecutors said. A witness who works near the restaurant had said Barnett was topless as she ran around the parking lot before North Central EMS arrived.

While paramedics attempted to treat her, Barnett scratched and bit a female medical worker, but the bite apparently didn't penetrate the victim's skin.

Barnett was placed on three years of intense probation in February. A new mom at the time who once reportedly had a 10 heroin balloons-per-day habit told the court she was "happy" to be clean and sober.

She didn't receive any jail time, but Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered her to undergo substance abuse counseling. Barnett also is subject to random drug screens.

Also, Barnett must work toward her GED and pay almost $278 in restitution to the receiving stolen property victim. She's also prohibited from having any association with her one-time boyfriend.

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