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Defiance County grand jury convicts 22 others

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In addition to returning the attempted murder charge against a local man (see related story on page A1), a Defiance County grand jury has reinstated indictments against 22 other people, according to Attorney General Maurice Murray’s office.

• Alfonso Williams, 50 years old, Miami, Florida; Dianlis Bello, 27, of Miami, Florida, charged with marijuana trafficking, a second-degree felony; Possession of a weapon while under disability is a third degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 19, during a traffic stop on US 127 in Sherwood, they were found in possession of 26 pounds of marijuana packed for sale, and more than $2,700 in cash. The indictment also alleges that Alfonso was found in possession of a loaded firearm, which he is prohibited from doing due to a previous conviction of cannabis trafficking.

• Halim Allen, 27, of Raleigh, North Carolina, charged with serious drug trafficking, a second-degree felony. marijuana smuggling; Possession of weapons while obstructing them is a third-degree felony. The charges allege that on May 9, during a traffic stop on US 24 in Defiance, he was found to be in possession of more than five times the largest amount of morphine pills and about 10 pounds of marijuana. Allen was also in possession of more than $3,000 in cash and a firearm, which he is prohibited from possessing due to his previous drug offense conviction.

• Benjamin Estelle, 22, 608 Holgate Street, charged with heinous assault, a second-degree felony; and aggravated riot, which is a fourth degree felony; Eric Garcia, 32, 2042 Laurelwood Drive, charged with aggravated assault and aggravated riot, every fourth degree felony; Reginald Waters, 41, 18848 Ohio 111, aggravated riot, fourth degree felony; Devrion Jones, 21, 1391 Ayersville Ave. , due to aggravated riot, a fourth degree felony; and Samuel Perez, 49, 221 W. Rosewood Ave., due to aggravated riot, a fourth-degree felony. Authorities allege that on February 5 at a company on South Clinton Street in Defiance, they engaged in a course of disorderly conduct, and willfully facilitated the assault crimes. It is alleged that during the accident Estle caused serious bodily harm to an adult man. Garcia is also alleged to have caused serious bodily harm to another person.

• Bobby Spilker, 45, 534 Diggler Street, charged with aggravated burglary, first degree felony; A felony assault, a second degree felony. The indictment alleges that on May 13, she made her way into a home on Defiance Street in Hopkins, assaulting an adult female who previously knew her fist and causing grievous bodily harm.

• Bruce Canada, 43 years old, Van Vert, with nine counts of aggravated sexual imposition, each a third-degree felony. The authorities claim that from September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, he had sexual contact with several children under the age of 10.

• Justin Gwatley, 40, 1023 Wayne Ave. and Jason Buchert, 46, Stryker (CCNO), each for drug (methamphetamine) possession, a Class 3 felony. Gwatley was also charged with permitting drug use, which is a fifth degree felony.

• Dennis DeBigny, 56 years old, Medina, New York, for possession of weapons while disabled, a third degree felony. and OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor. Authorities allege that on May 28, during a traffic stop on US 24 in Defiance, he was driving while under the influence and was also found to be in possession of a firearm, which he is prohibited from possessing due to a previous crime conviction. drug felony.

• Aaron Radford, 28, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Stan Barclay, 29, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, charged with marijuana trafficking, a third-degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 2, during a traffic stop on US 24, in Defiance, they were found in possession of more than 10 pounds of packaged marijuana for sale, and more than $6,500 in cash.

• Amanda Blankenship, 29, 626 Martin Ave. , for endangering children, a fourth degree felony. The charge alleges that on May 25 he created a significant risk to the health or safety of a child in her care, by violating the duty of care, protection or support. Authorities further allege that Blankenship also has a previous conviction of child endangerment, raising the level of this crime to a felony.

• Timothy Jars, 25, 1207 Emory Street, for failure to show up, fourth degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 31, he failed to appear in Defiance County Court of Appeals after being released on a personal pledge.

• Kelly Jones, 35, 1000 Hopkins Street, for domestic violence and endangerment of children, every fourth degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 20 he caused or attempted to cause physical harm to a child in their care and created a significant risk to the child’s health or safety by violating the duty of care, protection or support. Jones has a previous conviction of child endangerment, and both counts raised to two counts.

• Ian Taylor, 28 years old, Van Vert, for failing to appear, a fourth degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 25, she failed to appear in Defiance County Court of Appeals after being released on a personal pledge.

• Shannon Howell, 27 years old, Toledo; Leon Oldham, 40, Toledo, each, break-in, entry, and vandalism, a fifth degree felony. Oldham was also charged with possession of criminal paraphernalia, a fifth degree felony. Authorities allege that on May 17, they trespassed on company premises on County Route 424 to steal catalytic converters from vehicles at that location. Authorities further allege that while on the job, Oldham owned an electric tool used to accomplish thefts.

• Casey Parks, 32, 511 West 2nd Street, charged with theft, a fifth degree felony. The charge alleges that on January 6 he stole a debit/credit card.

The aforementioned defendants are scheduled to go on trial at 9 a.m. on June 22 in the Defiance County General Court of Appeals, according to Murray’s office.

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