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POLICE BEAT: Teen lodged for shooting threat

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Chase Schmittauer, 14, of 625 E. Columbus Ave., was lodged in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday for allegedly threatening to shoot up a classmate’s home.

Two other classmates told officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department they overheard the threats.

Chase was charged with delinquency aggravated menacing.

Motorists cited in crashes

A motorist was injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of south Main Street.

Rhonda K. Bishop, 41, of Lakeview, was transported by a Bellefontaine squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

She was stopped southbound waiting to turn left. Her car was hit from behind by a car operated by Brittany N. Smalley, 21, of Bellefontaine, who was issued a citation for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

Damage was heavy.

• John R. Barney Jr., 25, of Green Springs, was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead after a two-vehicle crash at about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of south Main Street.

He was driving a pickup truck northbound and it hit the rear of another pickup operated by William F. Runkle, 78, of Bellefontaine.

Damage was heavy.

• Christian T. Lockwood, 24, of Miamisburg, was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead after an 11:25 a.m. Thursday crash in the 800 block of west Sandusky Avenue.

He was westbound in a car which hit the rear of a car operated by Debra Storm, 57, of Zanesfield.

Prosecutor declines to cite motorist

A Bellefontaine Municipal Court prosecutor declined to file more citations in a two-vehicle crash that injured two teenagers, one of whom was riding in the back of a pickup truck Saturday after leaving the Bellefontaine High School homecoming dance at about 11:20 p.m.

Gavin Brinkman, 16, of Bellefontaine, and Kaylynn Payne, 16, of Lakeview, each was transported by a Bellefontaine squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.

Gavin was a passenger in a pickup operated by Cody D. Dicus, 19, of Bellefontaine. There were eight other teenagers in the pickup.

He was one of seven riding in the bed of the pickup. Officers and school officials at the dance attempted to stop the pickup from leaving but Mr. Dicus ignored them.

He was northbound in the 900 block of south Detroit Street when the pickup was hit from behind by a car operated by Brandon L. Barker, 19, of Rushsylvania, who was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

Kaylynn was a passenger in the Barker car along with two other girls. She was not using a safety belt at the time of the crash, officers reported.

Damage was minor to the vehicles.

The case was referred to a Logan County juvenile prosecutor for review.

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