Crestline man faces $1 million bond on robbery charge

Staff report

Kristen Nickelson

Kristen Nickelson

Joseph Grasley

Mikel Knetter

BUCYRUS — Bond was set at $1 million in Crawford County Municipal Court by Judge Shane Leuthold on Wednesday for a Crestline man accused of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Mikel J. Knetter II, 19, is accused of robbing the Freezer Fresh Drive-In in Crestline on July 21 when the clerk was locking up for the night. Knetter and an accomplice that is still at large allegedly stole a bag of cash from the business.

If convicted, Knetter faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Kristen Nickelson, 22, 918 S. East St., Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to the theft of lottery tickets and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Nickelson was arrested by police on Tuesday morning when officers responded to the residence on South East Street to investigate a report of possible child abuse.

According to a police report, Nickelson’s young child was locked outside the residence, naked, and had defecated on the front porch although Nickelson denies the report.

Nickelson’s child is now in the custody of Crawford County Children Services.

Leuthold set bond at $150,000 for Joseph Grasley, 34, Bucyrus.

Grasley is charged with fleeing and eluding and failure to comply, both third-degree felonies.

Grasley is accused of fleeing the scene on a motorcycle of a possible fight at East Southern Avenue and Prospect Street early Wednesday morning. Grasley crashed the cycle at the Bucyrus Golf Club and sustained injuries but continued to flee police on foot.

Grasley was also arrested on an out-of-county warrant and is facing charges of possession drug-abuse instruments, trespassing and several traffic violations.


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Kristen Nickelson Nickelson

Joseph Grasley Grasley

Mikel Knetter Knetter

Staff report