2013-05-15 / Front Page

Third Defendant Arraigned In Archbold Elevator Case

Steven Brink, 60, Archbold, was arraigned in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Wednesday, May 8.

Brink is one of three men indicted in connection with the financial collapse of the Archbold Elevator Company, and the last to be arraigned.

Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Brink entered not guilty pleas to all nine counts of the indictment against him.

He remains free on his own recognizance.

A trial date for Brink was set for Oct. 15.

If the cases go to trial, Brink will be the first tried, followed by Todd J. Gerig, 36, West Unity, on Oct. 22, and William “Bill” Fricke, 55, on Oct. 29.

Gerig faces the same ninecount indictment as Brink.

Fricke, the former owner of the elevator, faces an 11- count indictment.

The elevator company collapsed in 2011, after the Ohio Department of Agriculture examined the books and found 50,000 bushels of grain missing from the elevator bins. Eventually, the elevator assets were split up and sold by the court to satisfy the secured creditors.

Indictments against the three men were handed down by a Fulton County Grand Jury Monday, April 15, two years after the ODA suspended the license.

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