Submitted by VWSO

VAN WERT - On Friday, Van Wert County Sheriff Stan D. Owens released that the September session of the Van Wert County Grand Jury returned secret indictments concerning the following reports taken by Sheriff's deputies.

On Sunday, July 3, a fire was reported to a crane at a construction site of Blattner Energy near John Yoh Rd. and Mohr Rd. in Hoaglin Twp. Deputies responded and found that someone had started the crane and used it to damage high-intensity light equipment. The fire was determined to be of an unknown origin, according to the Ohio State Fire Marshal Office, who was also called to the scene.

Repair cost to the crane has been estimated to be in excess of $300,000.

The investigation by Sheriff's detectives resulted in indictments being returned by the Van Wert County Grand Jury. The Sheriff advised that the names of the suspects will not be released due to the suspects not being served the indictments at the time of the release. Indicted were three male adults on charges of breaking and entering, vandalism and arson of the third, fourth and fifth degrees.

Indictments were also returned as a result of marijuana grow in Willshire Township. On Friday, August 23, the Van Wert County Sheriff's office received a tip from a concerned citizen of marijuana growing near a barn on Hartsock Rd. in Willshire Twp. Investigation into this report resulted in deputies and detectives seizing 31 plants with a street value of $31,000.

The Sheriff advised that members of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force was called and assisted by testing and weighing the seized marijuana. The Van Wert County Sheriff's Office is a member of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.

Felony indictments were returned by the Van Wert County Grand Jury. At the time of the news release, the indictments had not been served; therefore, the Sheriff did not release the names of those indicted. Four adults have been indicted for cultivating marijuana, a felony of the second degree.

On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, the deputies took a breaking and entering/theft report from the Ohio Electric Polishing Company in the village of Venedocia in Jennings Township. Stolen from the business was various tools, spools of wire, stereo speakers from a pick-up truck, a salamander heater and cash. Investigation by detectives produced suspects that have been indicted by the Van Wert County Grand Jury. The names of the suspects have not been released as suspects have not been served a copy of the secret indictments as of the time of the news release. Four people were indicted for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree.