May 29, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Repeat offender sentenced for drunken driving

Michael Huffman

MEDINA — A 42-year-old Guilford Township man with a long record of alcohol- and drug-related offenses will spend four months in jail and three years on probation for driving drunk.

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

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.

William Osiek

Also in court Monday, a 49-year-old Parma Heights man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Liverpool Township warehouse.

William R. Osiek was scheduled for an Oct. 28 sentencing hearing.

He’s charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Osiek is accused of teaming up with Stephen C. Bugg, 44, of Elyria, to steal $62,000 worth of guitars and clothing from CPS Delivery Systems, where they worked. Bugg pleaded no contest in May to theft, a fourth-degree felony, and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Gazette staff About Gazette staff

The Gazette is Medina County's daily local news source, serving the community since 1832. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or