June 29, 2016

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Guilford man indicted on drug/alcohol charges

Michael Huffman

MEDINA — A 42-year-old Guilford Township man with a long criminal record was indicted by a Medina County grand jury Wednesday on two counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The charges against Michael G. Huffman, of 3944 Greenwich Road, are third-degree felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison, because of prior convictions.

This is Huffman’s sixth appearance in Medina County Common Pleas Court since 1996. Charges against him have included driving under the influence, cocaine possession, gross sexual imposition, credit card theft and vandalism.

Also, Huffman was extradited in 2005 to Marion County, Fla., on a charge of grand theft.

He’s also appeared in Medina and Wadsworth municipal courts 18 times since 1991 — and at least eight of his municipal charges were related to drugs or alcohol.

Huffman is scheduled for arraignment Monday before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier. [br]

Four others were indicted Wednesday:

Ray Sanchez

• Ray Sanchez, 46, of Canton, was charged with marijuana possession, a third-degree felony. Sanchez has no record in Medina or Stark counties. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. He’s scheduled for a July 5 arraignment before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler. [br]

Kjirsten Bykowski

• Kjirsten L. Bykowski, 30, of Grafton, was charged with trespassing into a habitation, a fourth-degree felony. Bykowski, who has no record in Medina or Lorain County courts, could face up to 1½ years in prison. Bykowski is scheduled for a July 1 arraignment in Collier’s court. [br]

Charles Yontosh

• Charles B. Yontosh, 50, of 622 N. Court St., Apt. 3, Medina, was charged with theft totaling more than $1,000, a fifth-degree felony. Yontosh has appeared four times in county courts since 1999 on charges of domestic violence and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He’s scheduled for a June 17 arraignment in Collier’s court. If convicted, Yontosh could face up to a year in prison. [br]

Brandy Bates

• Brandy Bates, 30, of Marietta, Ga., was charged with marijuana possession, a fifth-degree felony. Bates has no record in courts in Medina County or Cobb County, Ga. If convicted, Bates could face up to a year in prison. [br]

A grand jury meets every other week. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.