Man charged with huffing-related felony after 2nd incident

Second offense in 5 days for man convicted in fatal beating of dog, police say.
Cary Ashby
Dec 11, 2013

A Norwalk man was arrested after a juvenile saw him fall down after reportedly huffing an air duster Sunday.

Police say this is the second such incident in five days for the former Collins resident who earlier was convicted of helping beat a dog to death and driving under the influence.

The Norwalk Police Department received a report at 4:09 p.m. Sunday of a male suspect allegedly abusing a "duster" in the field between Grand and Glover avenues.

Officer Zach O'Neil identified the suspect as Kane M. Ortman, 21, most recently of 15 W. Washington St., and arrested him on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant. Ortman was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, a fifth-degree felony punishable by six to 12 months behind bars, in connection with previous incident.

The officer forwarded his report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the filing of additional charges.

About Sunday's incident, Capt. Mike Conney said a juvenile saw Ortman breathing in an air duster and then fall. He said the juvenile approached the suspect, asked Ortman if he was OK and the suspect fled the scene.

Ortman was arrested later at a Grand Avenue apartment and transported to the Huron County Jail.

Conney said the only other person in Norwalk who has been abusing harmful intoxicants is a female suspect.

"Between the two of them, it's pretty bad," Conney added.

The police captain said it's possible for people to die instantaneously from huffing, adding it could happen the first or fourth times.

"It just depends," Conney said. "Any time I've seen someone (who has huffed), they're totally out of it or disoriented.

"You must have a pretty serious death wish to even try that," he added.

Ortman's warrant was in connection with an incident about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police said someone saw the disoriented man appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs while walking on West Willard Avenue.

Capt. Eric Hipp and Sgt. Seth Fry responded to the 9-1-1 call, followed by another in which the caller said Ortman was lying on the ground and unresponsive. By the time officers arrived, they said the suspect was walking down the street carrying an aerosol can.

Conney said the officers had to wrestle Ortman to the ground when "there was some physical resistance on his part."

North Central EMS and Norwalk firefighters provided basic life support and transported Ortman to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He later was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, obstruction of official business and resisting arrest.

These two incidents aren't Ortman's only drug-related run-ins with local authorities.

During a July 1, 2012 injury crash on Jericho Road, the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post determined Ortman's blood was positive for marijuana usage. The patrol reported he tested at 10.32 ng/ml. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is 5 ng/ml.

Ortman was sentenced to a 30-day jail term for DUI. As part of his two years of probation, he had his driver's license suspended for six months starting July 9, 2012, according to court records.

He also was charged with failure to control after his vehicle hit a tree and caught fire. Citizens Ambulance transported Ortman and his passenger, Michael A. Price, who was 17 at the time, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries.

In September 2011, Ortman and Aaron M. Friel, now 20, each received a six-month jail term for animal cruelty convictions for an incident the previous month. Prosecutors have said the pair dug a hole at the Collins residence where Ortman was living, tied a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever to a nearby fence post and beat him to death with a shovel.


Scranton Tibbs

Another waste of skin that just cant follow the rules. Hoping Santa brings him an overdose for the Christmas. People like this are better off room temperature.


Lol! agree.


Our ancestors would have tarred and feathered someone like this and run him out of the county on a rail. Tied a 2 year old yellow Labrador retriever to a nearby fence post and beat him to death with a shovel. Make him go live in Sandusky.


A bullet would do him a world of good.


You'all talk about bullets, waste, tar n feather??
Just stop arresting him! and leave him alone in the back isle at Sherwin Williams!
No waste of tax $ on man power, courts, rehab's, attorney's, room in a cells, save for a danger to "SOCIETY" person.

If man still believed in GOD! He has ways of ridding the bad..
Stop with all the "save people from themselves" laws.
If ya wanta huff.. fine go to the back woods.
Don't wanta wear your seatbelt.. fine
Wanta put a gun to your head and threaten suicide... Go ahead,
Wanna fill your stomach with pills.. ?? i'm not allowing my TAX dollars to pump out anymore
Who cares if a chick sells there body for cash, a many give it up for a meal and drinks...?? and that's legal?
I just don't get the Boo Hoo gotta save, reform, help everyone.
Locking people up on so many senseless "society laws".??
Enough i could go all day and i am sure some will agree and some won't.




Goddard's Law passes house. Will make killer's like this into felonies.


Im gonna huff and puff until i blow my brains out


Where is his "buddy" from the other day crying about how he is a good guy and just needed help? How he has just hit a rough patch? His buddy has nothing to say now?


It makes me sick that you have nothing better to do than to wish people to die. Yes what he is was wrong and against the law, but what you have to realize is that he does have a family that loves him and would be even more devastated with having to bury their child for Christmas. I cant even believe that I live in a community that feels this way. You and your community makes me want to move asap. Not that any of you care..he has a young sibling that reads all of the comments.