June 26, 2016

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Drunken driver facing another sentence

MEDINA — A 42-year-old Guilford Township man with a long record of alcohol- and drug-related offenses was convicted Monday of felony drunken driving.

Michael G. Huffman, of 3944 Greenwich Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to 1½ years in prison.

Michael Huffman

Huffman originally was charged with two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, third-degree felonies punishable by up to three years in prison. The charges normally are misdemeanors but become felonies with prior convictions.

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

Also, he 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.

His sentencing before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier is set for Sept. 16. [br]

Also in court Monday:

Christopher Willard

• One of two men accused of raping a Brunswick woman in April had his case postponed.

Christopher T. Willard, 25, of Strongsville, now is set for trial Sept. 23.

He’s charged with two counts of rape, first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

Willard’s co-defendant, Joseph W. Thomas, 28, of Cleveland, is scheduled to begin his trial on duplicate charges Aug. 12.

Both cases are set to be heard by Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler. [br]

Gary Ostrowski

• A 56-year-old Medina man accused of leading police on a three-county car chase while intoxicated also had his case delayed.

Gary W. Ostrowski, of 1010 Essex Lane, is charged with failure to obey police officers, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

He’s also charged with driving under the influence in Wadsworth Municipal Court.

Ostrowski is scheduled for a Sept. 23 trial in Kimbler’s court. [br]

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.