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Norwalk man charged in handgun-related assault

Cary Ashby • Aug 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk man is charged with felonious assault in connection with a handgun-related assault at a neighbor's property.

If convicted of the second-degree felony, Joseph F. Miller, 43, of 1944 W. U.S. 20, faces two to eight years in prison.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated Saturday's suspected incident. Deputies received the call at 11:30 a.m.

"The allegation is the defendant hit the victim in the face with a handgun. ... It happened on U.S. 20 near where the defendant lives," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said after Tuesday's bond hearing.

"The victim rents off the defendant's father," Christophel said.

Detective Sgt. Josh Querin declined to comment on what started the altercation, but said Miller was booked into the Huron County Jail after Sgt. Bill Duncan interviewed him.

"The victim had some injuries to his face. He was checked out by EMS, but refused transport to the hospital," Querin said.

When asked if Miller was intoxicated at the time, Querin said the report doesn't indicate he was.

If the suspect posts a $15,000 bond, he is prohibited from having any association with the 50-year-old male victim and can't on the property in the 1900 block of U.S. 20.

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