A Defiance County grand jury has returned indictments against 11 persons, according to Prosecutor Morris Murray’s office, including two city workers who allegedly stole fuel from their employer.
Joshua Delarber, 40, and his wife, Brandy Delarber, 39, each of 04607 Christy Road, were indicted for theft in office, a fifth-degree felony.
Authorities allege that on March 5 the Delarbers stole diesel fuel from a city-owned fuel tank at the street department building at 1441 Quality Drive.
Joshua Delarber, a street department employee, has been on unpaid administrative leave since the incident, while Brandy Delarber was placed on paid administrative leave after the indictment was returned, according to city sources.
Also indicted were:
• Bradley Hartranft, 30, Hicksville, for intimidation, a third-degree felony; domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; and three counts of endangering children, a fourth-degree felony. Authorities allege that on July 1 at a residence on Hicksville’s Main Street he caused, or attempted to cause, physical harm to a family or household member in the presence of three children, having had prior convictions for domestic violence and endangering children. Authorities further allege that during the aforementioned incident, he threatened harm to the family or household member and himself to intimidate him/her from making contact with police.
• Adam Keeler, 30, Antwerp, for one count of illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premises, a third-degree felony; two counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle; carrying a concealed weapon, each a fourth-degree felony; aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor; and OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor. Authorities allege that on June 30 he possessed a firearm while in an establishment with a permit to serve alcohol on Defiance’s Clinton Street and while there threatened physical harm to another person. The charges further allege that Keeler drove away from the business while intoxicated and entered a construction area where he sustained heavy damage to his vehicle. The indictment also charges that during a subsequent traffic stop he was found with a loaded handgun on his person and resisted arrest when taken into custody, causing injury to a police officer.
• Misty Mattern, 43, Hicksville, for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Authorities allege that on June 22 she used methamphetamine, and that on June 25 she tampered with evidence during a drug screen conducted by her probation officer to try to hide her drug use.
• Demetrice Sewell, 33, Detroit, for trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony; and Brittni Sewell, 31, Detroit, for permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. Authorities allege that on June 1, during a traffic stop on U.S. 24, Demetrice Sewell was found in possession of more than 1,300 grams of marijuana that he was transporting from Michigan to Indiana in his co-defendant’s vehicle. Authorities further allege that Brittni allowed her vehicle to be used for transporting the marijuana.
• Gerald Shreve Jr., 50, Hicksville, for domestic violence, a third-degree felony. Authorities allege that on July 1 he caused, or attempted to cause, physical harm to a family or household member, having had four prior domestic violence convictions.
• Stefan Kruse, 26, Antwerp, for disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. The charge alleges that on June 19 at a residence on Ohio 18 in Hicksville, Kruse impaired the cellphone service of another to prohibit them from calling 911.
• Cynthia Workman, 48, Van Wert, for aggravated trafficking in drugs (oxycodone), a fourth-degree felony.
• Samantha Chapman, 29, 844 N. Clinton St., for aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony.
The above defendants are scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. July 23 in Defiance County Common Pleas Court.