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Accused credit card thief says she hasn't used drugs since her arrest

Cary Ashby • Mar 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A former Willard woman entered a "not guilty" plea to two felonies Friday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Laura K. Hunt, 28, who reports to be homeless now, is charged with one count each of credit card-related receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card. Each felony is in connection with a Dec. 23 incident.

Hunt, who is out on a $10,000 bond, goes to trial June 26. She's prohibited from having any association with the female victim.

She successfully completed the Teen Challenge program in March 2012. Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program for people of all ages who face life-controlling addictions.

Also, Hunt successfully completed the court's intervention-in-lieu program. That means since she completed a substance abuse program she didn't have a conviction on her record.

"I'm going to back to Teen Challenge for the re-entry program," Hunt told the Reflector after Friday's arraignment. "I'm clean and I haven't used drugs since I was arrested (Feb. 1)."

Hunt was one of three Willard residents arrested during a traffic stop in Celeryville. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Eric Bardar made the stop.

Sheriff Dane Howard said the suspects sold some batteries and used the proceeds to buy heroin.

"The Huron County Sheriff's Office had been actively looking for (Hunt) for questioning in a case involving the theft of a family debit card where $1,000 was withdrawn from an ATM," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon after Hunt's arrest.

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