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Man Sentenced For Theft From Bil-Jax



Ryan Nofziger, 37, West Unity, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of community control after pleading guilty to a charge of theft.

In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecutor, said between March 17, 2011 and July 12, 2012, Nofziger stole more than $6,000 worth of products from Bil-Jax, Archbold, while he was an employee.

Nofziger was arrested July 26, 2012, on a warrant from Western District Court, and was released from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on his own recognizance the following day.

The Fulton County Grand Jury handed down an indictment of Nofziger on Aug. 21, 2012. He entered a guilty plea to the theft charge on Dec. 10, 2012.

He was sentenced on Friday, Feb. 15.

He will spend 30 days at CCNO, with credit for one day served, with work release.

In addition, Nofziger must make restitution to Bil-Jax, pay prosecution costs and attorney fees, and have no contact with the company.

He must complete drug and alcohol treatment, abide by an 11 pm to 6 am curfew, stay out of bars and/or taverns, and not possess alcohol.

Failure to comply could result in an 11-month prison sentence.

Others recently sentenced:

•Stephen Lester, 61, rural West Unity; previously convicted of gross sexual imposition; on Aug. 3, 2012, had sexual contact with a person under 13 years of age; sentenced to 90 days at CCNO starting Monday, Feb. 25, work release granted; placed on three years community control; ordered to pay prosecution costs, $1,000 fine, not to reside with juveniles, successfully complete sex offender treatment, not to possess pornographic materials, have no contact with victim, abide by 11 pm to 6 am curfew; found to be Tier II sex offender; must register address with county sheriff every six months for 25 years; failure to comply could result in 30-month prison sentence.

•Linh Tran, 34, Toledo; previously pled guilty to attempted burglary; on Oct. 8, 2012, attempted to enter residence in rural Swanton, was confronted by homeowner; sentenced to 13 months in prison, ordered to pay $250 restitution to victim.

•Donald R. Browning III, 34, rural Lyons; previously pled guilty to one count each, breaking and entering, grand theft of a motor vehicle; June 27-28, 2012, entered a Lyons restaurant and stole cash; July 14- 15, 2012, stole a small utility vehicle from a Lyons farm operation; sentenced Feb. 19 to 26 months in prison, ordered to make $3,398.50 restitution.

•Michael Ward, 22, Wauseon; previously pled guilty to trafficking in marijuana; on July 10, 2012, sold $40 worth of marijuana; sentenced to 26 days at CCNO, credit for 26 days served; placed on three years community control; ordered to make restitution to Fulton County Sheriff Department, seek and maintain employment, obtain a general education diploma (GED), stay out of bars/taverns, not to possess or consume alcohol; driver license suspended for six months; failure to comply could result in 11-month prison sentence.

•Matthew Coger, 45, rural Delta, previously pled guilty to domestic violence; on Aug. 24, 2012, caused physical harm to a family member; has previous conviction for domestic violence; sentenced Feb. 21 to 37 days at CCNO, credit for seven days served, to report March 1, work release granted; placed on three years community control; ordered to pay prosecution costs, attorney fees, $500 fine, stay out of bars/taverns, not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs, complete alcohol-drug treatment and batterer’s treatment program, maintain employment; failure to comply could result in 16 months in prison.

•Anthony Halt, 24, Wauseon, previously pled guilty to possession of marijuana; on June 1, 2012, possessed marijuana more than 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams; sentenced Feb. 21 to seven days at CCNO, credit for seven days served; placed on three years community control; ordered to pay prosecution costs, attorney fees, seek and maintain employment, stay out of bars/taverns, not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs, complete drug-alcohol treatment, abide by 11 pm to 6 am curfew, except for work purposes, driver license suspended for six months, occupational driving privileges granted; failure to comply could result in 11 months in prison.

•Jessica Hall-Berkey, 32, rural Swanton; previously pled guilty to two counts of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug; on June 12 and 26, 2012, attempted to fill prescriptions for the pain killer Oxycodone by deception; sentenced Feb. 22 to serve 20 days at CCNO starting March 11, work release granted; placed on two years community control; ordered to pay prosecution costs, attorney fees, $250 fine, complete drug-alcohol treatment, advise her probation officer of doctor appointments or prescriptions in advance, and only fill prescriptions at a single Swanton pharmacy; driver license suspended for six months, certain privileges granted; failure to comply could result in 10 months in prison.



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