Crestline woman sentenced to three years in prison

By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer

BUCYRUS – A Crestline woman was sentenced to three years in prison this week in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

Brooke L. Weickum, 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of drugs. One count of permitting drug abuse was dismissed as part of her plea agreement with prosecutors.

Weickum was arrested, along with Angela Carroll, Chelsea Prosser, and Charles Tyler, on June 18 when officers from several agencies searched a home at 904 Dales Place in Crestline. Heroin, syringes, pills, drug paraphernalia and over $1,000 in cash were seized in the raid.

Weickum was sentenced to 12 months on each of the drug possession charges for a total of three years in prison. She must also pay a $1,250 mandatory drug fine and forfeit all drug-related property to the Crestline Police Department and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Sean Leuthold granted a request by the Crawford County Prosecutors Office to consolidate the cases of three alleged drug dealers

April Dyer, Gary Poth, and Joshua Keith will have their cases tried together in court. The three were arrested on June 10 after police searched a home at 902 Maple St. Approximately 11 grams of suspected “Blue Drop” heroin along with cash and drug paraphernalia were seized in the raid

Bucyrus Police Chief Dave Koepke reported at the time of the arrests that he believed the house was linked to several recent overdoses in Bucyrus.

A motion to suppress evidence hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 in the case while a three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Brandon Brown, 31, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs and was sentenced to five years of community control.

Sabrina Costello of Bucyrus was also sentenced with five years of community control for possession of drugs.

Lindsey Atwood, 29, Bucyrus, was sentenced to five years of community control and placed into the Intensive Supervision and Treatment Program after she pleaded guilty to one count of possession of heroin.

A Galion man accused of rape signed a waiver of a speedy trial Wednesday afternoon. Leuthold reminded 52-year-old that he was allowed a trial within 90 days of his arrest.

Maximino Hernandez, 52, filed the waiver through his attorney, Adam Stone, to allow extra time to prepare for trial.

Hernandez is in the United States on a visa and has been in Crawford County for eight months and was working at El Tarasco restaurant in Galion at the time of his arrest.

Hernandez is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a victim and purposefully compelling the victim to submit by force or threat of force on May 18. If convicted, Hernandez could be sentenced to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond.

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By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer