By EILEEN MCCLORY
STAFF WRITER

A 27-year-old Findlay man has been indicted on an assault charge in connection with an alleged incident on Nov. 17, 2017 behind the Walnut Saloon, 335 Walnut St., in Findlay. The indictment was issued by a Hancock County grand jury Tuesday

James J. Boyce was charged with assault, a second-degree felony. Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said the alleged assault was not connected to a homicide that occurred near the bar in December 2017, when 53-year-old Gregory Hammer of Findlay was killed. One person has been indicted on charges related to that incident.

Four people were indicted Tuesday on charges related to an alleged armed robbery behind Domino’s Pizza, 806 N. Main St., in Findlay on July 11.

Tyrone L. Taylor, 19, of rural Findlay; Kelsey M. Murfield, 18, of Delaware, Ohio; Roderick C. Michael Jr., 19, of Columbus, and Russell G. Ellis, 20, of Tiffin, were all charged with first-degree felony counts of aggravated robbery with a firearms specification. Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said the specification indicates all of the suspects knew about the firearm used during the robbery beforehand.

Police said the alleged robbery occurred at about 12:12 a.m. July 11 at the rear of Domino’s Pizza. The suspects allegedly approached the victim from a car, police said, and stole a small amount of marijuana and Air Jordan shoes.

The vehicle was later stopped in the 1200 block of Croy Drive.

Desirae M. Bright, 40, of Findlay, was charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on July 16.

Bright was charged in late May in connection with the death of 28-year-old Findlay resident Danielle Rice, who was found in a ditch off Township 215, east of Hancock County 18, in February. Authorities ruled Rice died of a drug overdose. Bright was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony.

Jesse D. Sleasman, 28, of Arcadia, was charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, stemming from a Sept. 7, 2017 incident; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, stemming from an alleged Nov. 11, 2017 incident; receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, stemming from an alleged incident on July 17; and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, also stemming from a July 17 incident.

Sleasman was arrested on July 17 following two chases through the county, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He was finally arrested at an address on Cass Township 215 after fleeing from officers at Circle K, 464 E. Sandusky St., and again at 8287 Hancock County 330 in Biglick Township.

Cori D. Alge, 39, address unknown, was charged with violating a protection order, a fifth-degree felony, which allegedly occurred July 25. Riegle said Alge has violated the protection order four times in 2018 alone.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office used K-9 officer Charlie and a drone to find Alge in a cornfield in the 17000 block of U.S. 68, northeast of Arlington.

Troy D. Wiler, 55, of Findlay, was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, after an alleged incident March 18 when he attempted to enter and steal from an apartment on McManess Avenue. Riegle said a basketball hoop was taken from the apartment.

Jason A. Anderson, 35, of Findlay, was charged with domestic violence, a third-degree felony, after an alleged incident on July 21.

Three people were indicted on forgery charges, all fifth-degree felonies:

  • Nickolas A. Hudson, 19, of Findlay, was indicted on forgery charges, stemming from an alleged incident on Jan. 29.
  • Marsi Hudson, 26, of Findlay, was charged with forgery, stemming from an alleged incident on Jan. 29.
  • Bobby G. Combs Jr., 45, of Findlay, was charged with forgery, after an alleged incident on Feb. 8.

Two people were charged after failing to appear for a court date. Kenneth D. Schellenberg, 23, of Findlay, was charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on July 11. Tara J. Williams, 40, of Findlay, was charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on July 18.

Separately, seven people were indicted on drug-related charges:

  • Jacob M. Stephens, 22, of Findlay, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on April 19, and a separate count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, after an alleged incident on April 24.
  • Ronaldo N. Hernandez, 50, of Findlay, was charged with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on May 29.
  • Michael J. Foltz, 41, of Findlay, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on Dec. 2, 2017.
  • Amanda M. Fresch, 38, of Tiffin, was charged with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, after an alleged incident Feb. 20.
  • Elijah A. Hampton, 22, of Fostoria, was secretly indicted June 5 with trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, after an alleged incident on Nov. 21, 2017.

Two people were secretly indicted July 10 for allegedly tampering with evidence. Matthew L. Barger, 30, of Mount Cory, was indicted on four counts of tampering with evidence, each a third-degree felony, stemming from several separate incidents in April and May. Autymn M. Barger, 25, of Mount Cory, was charged with four counts of tampering with evidence, each a third-degree felony, after several separate incidents in April and May.

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