Hancock grand jury hands up manslaughter indictment

By RYAN DUNN
staff writer
A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday handed up an involuntary manslaughter indictment following a woman’s fatal overdose.
Randall E. Rice, 49, now of Fostoria, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs, felonies of the first and second degree.
Prosecutors allege Rice on Aug. 31 caused the accidental death of Tara Mitsch, 35, of Wood County, in part by providing her cocaine, according to the indictment.
Mitsch died from combined drug toxicity at Rice’s residence at 517 Clinton St. in Findlay, according to a coroner’s report.
Rice was sentenced in January to five years of intensive community control sanctions for convictions that included cocaine possession on Aug. 28 and Oct. 1, court records show.
Separately Tuesday, a Findlay man was charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, after a June 28 incident in Findlay.
Seth B. Moneer, 23, allegedly entered 1837 Foraker Ave. and assaulted the resident, city police said.
The grand jury indicted six others on Tuesday:
• Robert H. Purdy, 27, of Findlay, was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. On May 17 in Findlay, Purdy allegedly caused serious physical harm to another man.
• Timothy C. Neumann, 34, of Findlay, was charged with failure to comply with the order of a police officer, a third-degree felony. On Friday in Marion Township, Neumann allegedly fled police in a motor vehicle and risked harming others.
• Ronnie L. Gohston, 53, of Anniston, Alabama, was charged with drug possession, a second-degree felony. Gohston on June 27 was reportedly found with 310 oxycodone pills on Interstate 75 near Ohio 18, according to the State Highway Patrol.
• Keisha E. Sullivan, 30, of Columbus, was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of drug possession. Sullivan on June 29 allegedly possessed 620 Xanax pills on I-75 near U.S. 224, according to the patrol.
• Audra J. Green, 44, address unknown, was charged with forging a $97 check in Findlay, a fifth-degree felony. Green allegedly forged the check on April 23 from a Hancock Federal Credit Union account.
• Kimberly K. Carrington, 48, of Findlay, was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of theft. Between November 2012 and October 2013, Carrington allegedly stole $3,960 in state funds from the Office of Unemployment Compensation.
Separately, a Findlay man was charged with selling marijuana in the city through a recently unsealed secret indictment.
Dustin D. Boes, 32, allegedly sold fewer than 200 grams of the drug on April 24 and May 29. The two alleged offenses are fifth-degree felonies.
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