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Huron County grand jury indicts 25

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 4, 2019 at 10:59 AM

A Huron County grand jury has indicted more than two dozen suspects in connection with area crimes.

James A. Lopresti Jr., 44, most recently of 43 Norwood Ave., was charged with four counts of improper handling of firearms in a vehicle. The indictment includes specifications for the forfeiture of four firearms.

The charges stem from a March 8 traffic stop made by the Norwalk Police Department. An officer pulled over the vehicle on Whittlesey Avenue for allegedly crossing the lane; police said Lopresti was a passenger.

The unspecified driver was issued a citation and Lopresti was arrested after officers reportedly found him in possession of firearms that would be accessible to anyone in the vehicle, according to a police report. His initial appearance in Huron County Common Pleas Court is July 15.

Other suspects who were indicted were:

• Mia L. Barton, 20, most recently of 648 Timothy Drive, Willard, on making false alarms in connection with a May 17 incident

• Dustin L. Baker, 33, of Willard, on burglary in connection with an incident from April 19 through 22

• Daniel A. Bishop, 51, of Chatfield, on possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all in connection with an April 1 incident

• King L. Chan, 36, of Mansfield, on four counts of inducing panic, all in connection with a May 15 incident

• Angela J. Churchill, 27, most recently of 2 Adams St., on aggravated possession of methamphetamine in connection with an April 11 incident

• Joshua O. Clark Jr., 20, most recently of 1206 Greenwich Milan Townline Road, on corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in hashish, both in connection with an April 21 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a 2006 Pontiac Torrent and Moto cell phone to the state.

• Jacob A. Cofer, 22, most recently of 3529 Egypt Road, Willard, on aggravated possession of meth in connection with an May 31 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a LG cell phone and $7 to the state.

• Richard C. Griffin, 52, most recently of 4290 Ohio 601, on possessing criminal tools, possession of drug abuse instruments and two counts of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, all in connection with a May 30 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a cell phone, digital scale and $849 to the state.

• Todd W.A. Grimes, 20, of Oregon, Ohio, on improperly handling firearms in a vehicle in connection with an April 19 incident

• Jessica L. Hampton, 26, of Sandusky, on aggravated trafficking in drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments and aggravated drug possession, all in connection with an April 22 incident

• Jericho A. Hartman, 33, most recently of 92 Exchange Road, New London, on theft in connection with an incident from Feb. 18 through June 17, 2018 involving the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services

• Randal S. Howman, 56, of Ashland, on improperly handling firearms in a vehicle in connection with a Dec. 13 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a 9 mm Taurus to the state.

• Scott R. Jenson, 35, of Bellville, on theft from a person in a protected class, theft and and two counts forgery, all in connection with a July 2, 2018 incident

• Charles Lambert, 42, most recently of 211 Howard St., Willard, on attempted burglary, possessing criminal tools and possession of drug abuse instruments, all in connection with an April 30 incident 

• Matthew R. Lipsey, 40, most recently of 7 Corwin St., on theft in connection with an incident from May 27 through Dec. 2, 2018

• Dustin L. Neeley, 35, of Sandusky, on trafficking in heroin and aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, both in connection with a Dec. 12 controlled drug buy

• Sarah M. Root, 28, most recently of 41 E. Washington St., Apt. 11-C, on trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, permitting drug abuse, possessing criminal tools and possession of drug abuse instruments, all in connection with a May 30 incident. If convicted, she could be required to forfeit three cell phones, digital scales and $849 to the state.

• Jonathan B. Shepherd, 41, of Bloomville, on receiving stolen property, theft and two counts of breaking and entering, all in connection with incidents between April 5 through 11

• Joshua D. Singleton, 34, of Toledo, on aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in hashish and aggravated possession of drugs, all in connection with a Dec. 26 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone and $6,916 to the state.

• Misty L. Slone, 42, of Bloomville, on receiving stolen property, theft and two counts of breaking and entering, all in connection with an April 5 incident

• Joshua D. Suddith, 25, most recently of 90 Walnut St., Willard, on trespassing in a habitation and two counts of breaking and entering, all in connection with a May 3 incident

• Ashley D. Tackett, 24, of Shiloh, on trespassing in a habitation and two counts of breaking and entering, all in connection with a May 3 incident

• Elizabeth V. Tolliver, 52, most recently of 5810 E. U.S. 20, Lot 158, Wakeman, on grand theft of a motor vehicle in connection with a June 3 incident

• Robert P. Wimer III, 42, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., on trafficking in marijuana, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of marijuana, all in connection with a May 8 incident. If convicted, he could be required to forfeit a Motorola cell phone, $29,451 and a purple 2016 Ram truck to the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tandem Media Network contributed to this story.

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