Crestline woman faces $1 million bond

By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer

Melinda Sue Smith

Melinda Sue Smith

BUCYRUS – A Crestline woman who managed to elude police for two months was arraigned in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Melinda Sue Smith, 36, is facing one count of robbery, a second-degree felony, and her bond was set at $1 million.

Smith is accused of robbing the Shell gas station at 990 W. Main St. in Crestline at gunpoint then fleeing the area on June 6.

Witnesses to the crime described the suspect as a woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt and were able to give a description of the vehicle used in the crime.

A woman who eluded police for over two months was arraigned on a second-degree felony robbery charge in Crawford County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

A warrant was issued for Smith on June 11 and she was arrested Thursday morning by the United States Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Smith’s previous convictions include forgery, receiving stolen property, two domestic violence convictions and several charges of failure to appear.

If convicted, Smith could be sentenced to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

One person arrested this week in connection with several drug raids had his bond set in Crawford County Municipal Court on Friday.

William W. “Willie” Dean Jr. is being held on a $50,000 bond after being arrested by Bucyrus Police on Thursday at a Reid Street residence.

Dean was arrested when officers with the Crawford County Special Response Team served a search warrant at 1001 Reid St. Officers collected evidence of drug offenses and arrested Dean along with a Bucyrus woman.

According to Bucyrus Police Chief Dave Koepke, another woman is still being sought in connection with the raid.

The incident is still under investigation. Koepke said residents are encouraged to report suspected drug activity to his department via the tipline 419-834-2023, or email at [email protected]


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By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer