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Woman pleads to amended charges

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jul 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

A 55-year-old Norwalk woman who brandished a knife at a Huron County Sheriff's Deputy pleaded guilty to an amended charge Tuesday during a hearing in the Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Blanche Myers, of 602 Greenwich-Milan Townline Road, was at a Hartland Township residence Feb. 19 when the sheriff's deputy was responding to a call regarding a "suicial male," according to Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper.

As the authorities had dealt with the male, the deputy was walking outside when he saw Myers walking. The deputy approached her to interview her about the man and Myers started yelling at the deputy saying "she was going to stab him with a knife," Kasper said.

While Myers was screaming at the deputy she was holding a 5-inch straight blade knife in her hand near her head walking toward the deputy, Kasper also said.

The deputy drew his gun and ordered Myers to drop her knife, but she continued until the two were about 15 feet from each other. Myers had not dropped her knife and continued to hold it head-level brandishing it at the deputy.

Moving quickly, the deputy holstered his firearm, grabbed his Taser and subdued Myers as she neared. The voltage knocked Myers to the pavement but when she came to, she was continued to scream obscenenties at the deputy and the emergency medical technicians who responded. She had sustained a cut to her head as she hit the pavement, Kasper said.

Myers attorney Huron County Public Defender David Longo said his client "isn't disputing the specifics."

However, Myers spoke up that she "wasn't in her right mind at the time" of the incident.

Myers had been released from a mental health care facility shortly before the incident, Longo said.

But, the court-ordered mental evaluation showed Myers was competent to stand trial "today," Longo also said.

"I certainly believe there's some sort of mental issue of some shape or situation," Longo said.

The state agreed to drop the felonious assault charge, a felony of the first degree, to attempted felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, as part of the plea deal.

Myers has had no other felony convictions but could face between two to eight years in prison for the assault. She could also be ordered to pay a $15,000 fine as part of her sentence which is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Prior to the sentence hearing though, the judge said he wants a victim-impact statement from the deputy as well as a pre-sentence investigation.

Myers remains free on a $20,000 bond.

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