A Norwalk woman accused of being one of two local suspects who huffs harmful intoxicants -- an addiction police consider extremely dangerous -- remains behind bars.
Miranda L. Fligor, 28, of 56 1/2 Milan Ave., was indicted recently on abusing harmful intoxicants in connection with a Nov. 24 incident. If convicted, she faces six to 12 months behind bars. Her Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is set for Feb. 20.
Within two hours of Fligor being released from the Huron County Jail, the Norwalk Police Department responded to a possible huffing-related overdose at the residence where she was living. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said officers found Fligor passed out in a bathtub.
This summer police arrested Fligor in connection with huffing cans of spray duster at the Norwalk Walmart.
The Aug. 14 incident reportedly happened when an employee walked into the bathroom. She saw one can fall to the floor from a stall and heard another one being discharged, Capt. Dave Smith said after Fligor's arrest.
After the employee forced the door open, she found Fligor fully clothed and the can up to her mouth, Smith said. The worker then called police. Smith said Fligor was alert enough to communicate, but seemed depressed.
North Central EMS transported the suspect to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment.
Fligor faces three misdemeanor counts of abusing harmful intoxicants through Norwalk Municipal Court. Records indicate the charges are in connection with incidents on Aug. 9 and Oct. 15.
She isn't the only local resident accused of huffing.
On Dec. 8, Kane M. Ortman, 21, of 15 W. Washington St., was arrested in connection with huffing an air duster in the field between Grand and Glover avenues. Police said this was the second such incident in five days for the former Collins resident.
"Between the two of them, it's pretty bad," said Capt. Mike Conney, who believes it's possible for people to die instantaneously from huffing.
He said death could happen the first time or even the fourth a person huffs.
"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.
Fligor, who is on probation through municipal court, must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from jail.