Crestline man faces $1 million bond on robbery charge

Staff report

Mikel Knetter

Mikel Knetter

Joseph Grasley

Kristen Nickelson

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.

GALION MAN ARRESTED ON HEROIN CHARGE – A Galion man was arrested Thursday night and charged with possession of heroin following a traffic stop.

According to reports, Detectives from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Galion Police Department SIU team conducted a traffic stop on Homer Street at Grove Avenue in Galion.

Officials said drug paraphernalia was recovered during the traffic stop and the driver, Tony Evans, 44, 330 Homer St. Galion, was arrested on a fifth-degree felony possession of heroin charge.

Evans was transported to the Crawford County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

BUCYRUS WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE – Megan Dauchenbaugh, 21, 606 E Oakwood Ave. was arrested Monday in the 200 block of Hopley Ave and charged with possession of drugs, according to police reports.

Robert Paynter, 43, 1734 Marion Rd was also arrested on an active warrant out of Crawford County, officials indicated, adding they were both taken to the Crawford County Justice Center pending court appearances.



Inquirer editor Chris Pugh contributed to this story. Connect with Gasuras on Twitter @kimberlygasuras

Mikel Knetter Knetter

Joseph Grasley Grasley

Kristen Nickelson Nickelson

Staff report