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Glue sniffer/duster huffer convicted

Cary Ashby • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Norwalk man who huffed glue or duster was convicted Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Kane M. Ortman, 21, of 15 W. Washington St., pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of harmful intoxicants. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second, similar charge.

"That was glue sniffing," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

In December, a Huron County grand jury indicted Ortman on two counts of abuse of harmful intoxicants in connection with incidents on Dec. 5 and 8. The Norwalk Police Department investigated both incidents in which witnesses reported seeing the defendant huffing duster, which typically is used to clean computer instruments.

"Each (charge) was one day of glue sniffing," Leffler said.

Two officers responded to two 9-1-1 calls Dec. 5. The second caller reported Ortman was lying on the ground and unresponsive. Capt. Mike Conney has said the two officers had to wrestle the defendant to the ground when "there was some physical resistance on his part."

Ortman faces six to 12 months behind bars when he is sentenced April 23.

This isn't Ortman's first drug-related run-in with local authorities.

During a July 1, 2012 injury crash, the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post determined Ortman's blood was positive for marijuana usage. The patrol reported he tested at 10.32 ng/ml. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is 5 ng/ml.

Ortman was sentenced to a 30-day term in the Huron County Jail for driving under the influence. As part of his two years of probation, he had his driver's license suspended for six months starting July 9, 2012, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records.

He also was charged with failure to control after his vehicle hit a tree and caught fire on Jericho Road. Citizens Ambulance transported Ortman and his passenger, Michael A. Price, who was 17 at the time, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries.

In September 2011, Ortman and Aaron M. Friel, now 20, each received a six-month jail term for animal cruelty convictions for an incident the previous month.

Prosecutors have said the pair dug a hole at the Collins residence where Ortman lived at the time, tied a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever to a nearby fence post and beat him to death with a shovel.

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