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Accused Miller's robber, 14 others indicted in Huron Co.

Cary Ashby • Oct 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

A man accused of robbing the the Miller’s grocery store in Norwalk has been indicted by a Huron County grand jury.

Austin D. Collins, 28, of North Canton, was one of 15 defendants who were indicted Friday. The clerk of courts released the indictments Monday.

Collins was charged with one count each of burglary, robbery and grand theft, all in connection with a Sept. 16 incudent. According to his indictment, he is accused of stealing $13,570 from the grocery store.

“He went in, demanded some money and then fled,” said Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Seth Fry shortly afterward. “He fled by foot. He fled southbound.”

Witnesses reported the male suspect wore a blue jacket, blue jeans, white sneakers, a mask, sunglasses and a black Under Armour baseball hat. Collins reportedly entered the south entrance of Miller’s, Fry said, and upon leaving, he walked east and then went behind the former Pat Catan’s building, 80 Whittlesey Ave. It’s unknown where Collins went after that. 

The suspect has been in the Huron County Jail since Sept. 30. The Fairlawn Police Department arrested Collins on a local warrant. He then was transported to the Summit County Jail and was extradited Sept. 30 to Huron County.

In a separate case, Clifford A. Waugh, 59, most recently of 4265 Ohio 13, Greenwich, was indicted on failure to provide notice of his change of address and failure to provide notice of his change in his vehicle indentifiers, both in connection with a Feb. 20 incident.

Waugh was convicted of gross sexual imposition Dec. 14, 1999 in Huron County Common Pleas Court, according to his indictment.

Other suspects who were indicted Friday are:

• Stephen R. Barnhart, 40, of 471 Hanville Corners Road, North Fairfield, on burglay and trespassing in a habitiation, both in connection with an Aug. 13 incident

• James C. Bogard III, 30, of 147 N. West St., on complicity in the commission of an offense in connection with an Aug. 17 incident

• Victoria M. Coombs, 26, of 326 Elizabeth St., Willard, on on grand theft of a motor vehicle in connection with a Dec. 31 incident involving a 2001 Buick sedan

• Paul V. Garnett II, 25, of Sandusky, on trafficking in LSD in connection with an Aug. 30 controlled drug buy and trafficking in cocaine stemming from an Aug. 29 controlled drug buy. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a cell phone and $20 to the state.

• Alex L. Goble, 25, of Clyde, on one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and possessing criminal tools, all in connection with a Sept. 4 incident. If convicted of trafficking in heroin, he could be required to forfeit an Orbic cell phone and $26 to the state.

• Jeremy J. Lawson, 37, of Ashland, on two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), both in connection with a July 29 traffic stop. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a 2002 Subaru Outback to the state. Lawson’s indictment indicates he was convicted of OVI three times through Ashland Municipal Court: Jan. 10, 2011; April 24, 2014; and March 10, 2018.

• Stephanie R. Palm, 33, of Sandusky, on one count each of permitting drug abuse, possession of heroin and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, all in connection with a Sept. 13 incident. If convicted of permitting drug abuse, she could be required to forfeit $345, a cell phone, scale, Lock Box and surveillance system to the state.

• Corey M. Perdue, 22, of 610 Pleasant St., Apt. B, Willard, on one count each of permitting drug abuse, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, all in connection with a July 3 incident. If convicted of permitting drug abuse, he could be required to forfeit a cell phone and Dell laptop to the state.

• Lew M. Perdue, 52, of 950 Woodbine St., Willard, on permitting drug abuse, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, all in connection with a July 3 incident. If convicted of permitting drug abuse, he could be required to forfeit a Samsung cell phone and Dell laptop to the state.

• Elena C. Rose, 23, of 31 Bouscay Ave., Apt. C, on one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, permitting drug abuse and possessing criminal tools, all in connection with a Sept. 4 incident. If convicted of trafficking in heroin, he could be required to forfeit an Orbic cell phone and $26 to the state.

• Shane A. Signs, 45, of 208 E. Ohio 61, on aggravated possession of meth in connection with a March 10, 2018 incident

• Sarah R. Trapp, 34, of 6 S. West Ave., Willard, on one count each of tampering with evidence, possession of a fentanyl-related compound, permitting drug abuse and endangering children, all in connection with an Aug. 26 incident.

• Matthew K. Troup, 32, of 125 N. Pleasant St., Apt. A, on one count each of tampering with evidence, aggravated possession of meth, trafficking in heroin and aggravated trafficking in meth, all in connection with a Sept. 13 controlled drug buy. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit $345, a cell phone, scale, Lock Box and surveillance system to the state.

• Carly R. Ward, 24, of 3063 1/2 Laylin Road, on grand theft of a motor vehicle in connection with an Aug. 17 incident involving a 2018 Toyota Camry

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