Accused stabber's mental status to be evaluated

Cary Ashby • May 3, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A rural Norwalk woman will be evaluated about her mental status when she is accused of attempting to stab a Huron County sheriff's deputy. Her attorney informed a judge her landlord is planning on evicting her.

Blanche M. Myers, 54, of 602 Greenwich Milan Townline Road, turned down an unspecified plea deal Monday in Huron County Common Court. Judge Jim Conway said the defendant wasn't "inclined to accept the offer," but didn't elaborate.

The judge also turned down Huron County Public Defender David Longo's recommendation to lower the defendant's $20,000 bond to include a 10-percent provision.

Longo declined to go into details about Myers' mental health in court, but said he believes his client "had been cut off" of some her medication during the Feb. 19 incident.

"There were a number of red flags in the case," Longo said.

"I don't believe competency is an issue," he added, referring to Myers' ability to help in her own defense.

Longo has until the end of this week to file a motion for Myers to enter a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity."

The public defender also told the court Myers' landlord has filed for an eviction.

"He's talking about putting her stuff on the lawn," Longo said.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the state has no objection to Myers being evaluated at District 5 Forensic Center in Mansfield.

Longo, at Monday's hearing, said it's clear to him the Feb. 19 incident is related to Myers' mental health at the time and her change in medication. He noted his client is doing well now because she's being properly medicated.

Myers is charged with felonious assault, a first-degree felony, which is punishable by three to 11 years in prison.

Deputy Steve Mancuso responded to Greenwich Milan Townline Road in Hartland Township for the report of a male subject who reportedly threatened to commit suicide. He later determined the man wasn't threatening to commit suicide with a knife or gun.

The deputy then encountered Myers, who was in the roadway near the scene. Detective Sgt. Josh Querin, soon after the incident, said Myers "was in the roadway with a knife and her actions were aggressive in nature."

"She told Deputy Mancuso she was going to kill him and began to charge at him," Querin said.

Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said the deputy wasn't stabbed, but he was forced to use a stun gun to stop Myers. She was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and then booked into the Huron County Jail.

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