Grand jury indicts Conneaut  woman in knife case

Tara Ranowiecki

JEFFERSON — A Conneaut woman was indicted by an Ashtabula County grand jury in a case where she is accused of cutting a man with a knife during a domestic violence incident.

Tara Ranowiecki, 32, of Conneaut, was indicted Aug. 28 on charges of endangering children, domestic violence and violating a protection order, court records state.

The indictment stems from an incident June 28 at a home in the 6900 block of Bushnell Road, Monroe Township, where a man could be heard telling a woman to put down a knife before the line disconnected.

The man told a deputy he had been trying to get Ranowiecki, whom he has a protection order against that he had been planning to cancel, to calm down for a couple hours, according to a police report. The incident began because Ranowiecki wanted her child to leave the room so she could smoke meth, the report states.

Ranowiecki is accused of grabbing a homemade knife with a deer antler handle off the fireplace mantel and cutting the man on his right forearm as he tried to shield himself. She is also accused of hitting the man with a fireplace shovel and throwing things around inside the home, according to the report.

Ranowiecki is accused of breaking two cell phones and removing their batteries as the man tried to call 911, but he was eventually able to find a working telephone to call for help. Her child was in the home during the altercation and was almost hit by things she was throwing around, according to the report.

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