Judge releases bondsman from suspect's bail

Willard man was arrested on three local warrants for receiving stolen property.
Cary Ashby
Jan 15, 2013


A local bondsman has been released from the bond of a rural Willard man who was arrested at gunpoint last week.

Ronald D. Ruff, 34, of 2560 Niver Road, was arrested on three local warrants for receiving stolen property at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday in Willard. City police assisted the Huron County Sheriff's Office with making the arrest.

"Two of our officers observed him in Willard near Woodland and Main streets," sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said soon after the arrest. "The officers performed a felony traffic stop and Ronald Ruff was taken into custody at gunpoint. ... He was not armed and somewhat cooperative."

In a hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, bondsman Zac Crumrine requested Judge Jim Conway release him from Ruff's $45,000 bond since Crumrine said Ruff has received more charges since signing the bond agreement and his suspected accomplices are on the run. The bondsman also said he agreed with Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler who said Crumrine has the right to be released if he has concerns the defendant won't appear in court.

"I have an insurance company to answer to," Crumrine said.

Defense attorney Tom Freeman requested his client be released from custody since he won't be able to afford the $45,000 total bond. Conway denied the motion, saying the bail was reasonable.

The judge ruled Crumrine would be released from Ruff's surety bond and said the defendant will need to find someone else to post it.

Also during Monday's hearing, Conway ruled that Huron County Public Defender David Longo wouldn't be representing Ruff any more since Longo has been assigned to be the attorney for one of Ruff's co-defendants, his 40-year-old uncle, Randy.

"Randy is out on the lam," Freeman said.

Ruff's uncle remains at large on three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, which were filed through Norwalk Municipal Court in early December. The felonies are in connection with a Nov. 16 incident.

"A number of law-enforcement agencies have dealt with these two (defendants) for years," Englund said.




Yep, dealt with these 2 loosers a lot, and will continue to deal with them until they rob the wrong people and get shot. Lord knows the courts won't stop them.


hmmm funny that people keep saying they have dealt with him for years when in previous article a few months ago stated he had just done a 14 year sentence...


Must of been a boy scout leader prior to doing 14 years. Out in the spring and back to stealing by fall. If the police would just let the the guy they robbed in November handle it, it wouldn't cost us tax payers a dime.


Yet another frequent flyer of our legal system. Maybe it is time to repair the system?

Brock Lee