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Crime Stopper Pays Rewards To Tipsters



The Fulton County Crime Stopper program has paid reward money to persons who provided information on three cases, including damage done to Das Essen Haus restaurant by bullets.

On Feb. 11, shots were fired at the restaurant and at a Co. Rd. 16, rural Wauseon, home.

A press release from the program said a caller to the Crime Stopper phone number, 1-800-255-1122, provided the names of those involved.

As a result of the call, Adrian Cook, 21, rural Wauseon, entered guilty pleas on June 4 to charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

He was sentenced on Aug. 10 to 60 days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio with work release, ordered to forfeit his 1996- model sport-utility vehicle, and pay almost $2,300 in restitution.

A second man involved in the incidents, Jory Schlatter, 20, Wauseon, entered a guilty plea to a charge of falsifi cation, which is making a false statement to mislead a public official such as a sheriff’s deputy.

Schlatter was sentenced Aug. 29 to 10 days at CCNO, and was ordered to pay more than $2,400 in restitution.

As a result of both convictions, the caller received a $150 reward.

Cocaine

In another case, a caller received a $250 reward in connection with the conviction of Paul M. Hobbs, Jr., 35, Holland, on a charge of possession of cocaine.

Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said the caller provided the name of someone who was suspected of being a drug dealer. The caller also gave details about where the suspect could be found.

The suspect and his vehicle were spotted at the time, date, and place the caller provided.

Law enforcement officers noted the suspect vehicle was speeding. A traffic stop was made, and Haselman said in the course of events, the vehicle was searched and drugs were found.

Hobbs entered his guilty plea on June 12, and was sentenced on Aug. 13 to 10 months in prison. Also, his 1996-model car was forfeited, and over $1,000 in cash seized from him was applied to his court costs.

New Requests

In a related development, the program is seeking the help of the public in solving two recent crimes.

Crime Stopper needs help to solve a break-in at a Metamora restaurant.

The owner reported on Aug. 30 that the establishment was broken into the night before, and about $466 was taken.

The thieves pried open a door on the north side of the restaurant to gain entrance.

Crime Stopper is also looking for information on the theft of a toolbox from the bed of a pickup truck parked at a rural Lyons racetrack.

The toolbox, stolen on Aug. 18, contained a variety of hand and pneumatic tools. Value of the tool box and missing tools is $1,461.

Informants should call Crime Stopper, any time of the day or night. Calls are always confidential and anonymous.

Informants are eligible for up to a $1,000 cash reward.



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