Suspect in Vermilion house explosion enters not guilty plea at arraignment

VERMILION, Ohio -- The man accused of crashing into a Vermilion home's gas meter last week causing an explosion and destroying the home was arraigned in Vermilion Municipal Court Thursday afternoon.

Kenneth Karnow, 56, entered a not guilty plea to charges of burglary and possession of criminal tools.

According to the Erie County Sheriff's Office the explosion happened around 3:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Darrow Road home of Jen and Tracy Haslage.

The family and their two dogs were able to get out of the house in time.

Shortly after the crash, Karnow  reportedly took off from the scene. He was later located at a vacant house and arrested.

Wednesday, after entering a not guilty plea, Karnow also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Because he faces felony charges, the case will be sent to the Erie County Common Pleas Court to be heard in front of a grand jury.

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