BELLEFONTAINE BEAT: Victim watches suspect run home



Curtis R. Breneman, 21, of 715 W. Chillicothe Ave., Apt. 5, was charged with attempted burglary after he tried to break in to an Eaton Street residence around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A resident called 911 after hearing noises at her front door and then the rear door. She observed the suspect when she opened the blinds and then watched him run to his residence.

Screen doors at the front and rear entrances were damaged by the suspect.

He was located at his residence and arrested.

Motorists face OVI charges

Jeremy W. Hilliard, 42, of 1074 Brennen Road, was charged Wednesday with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and cited for failure to control, failure to drive in the marked lanes of the road and leaving the scene of a crash.

Around 11:25 p.m., he was northbound on Michigan Street when he veered left. His car struck a parked car in front of 1136 Michigan, shoving it 36 feet into a fire hydrant.

He then backed up and continued northbound to Lake Avenue. He drove across the road and into Blue Jacket Park, going over a school crossing sign and into another fire hydrant.

Again he drove off with his car leaving a trail of fluids which officers followed to his home.

Officers found him and his father, Jerry Hilliard, standing in the drive looking at the car.

The motorist appeared to be intoxicated to officers. They reported an odor of alcohol coming from the motorist and that his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.

He refused to take any sobriety tests or submit to a breathalyzer test.

Damage was heavy to his car and to Laurie Showalter’s parked vehicle.

Firefighters of the Bellefontaine Fire & EMS Department responded to the Michigan crash site and applied absorbent on spilled fluids.





• Lori A. Eastman, 51, of rural West Mansfield, was arrested for persistent disorderly conduct while Diana Mathys, 52, of 322 Shady Lane Drive, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead and driving under suspension after a 4:20 p.m. crash Wednesday.

At a crash scene in the 800 block of east Sandusky Avenue, officers found the two in a car. Both appeared intoxicated, police said.

The motorist refused to submit to any testing and the passenger was uncooperative with officers and began yelling obscenities at the other motorists.

Both refused treatment from a Bellefontaine squad.

Ms. Mathys was westbound in a car which slammed into the rear of a car operated by Amber L. Thompson, 21, of Sidney. The Thompson car was forced into the rear of a car operated by Robert C. Bozman, 51, of Huntsville, which was stopped to turn left. Damage was heavy.

Man served with warrant

Lewis E. Snyder, 42, of 21143 N. U.S. Route 68, Belle Center, was served Wednesday with a Mercer County warrant for theft during a 12:05 p.m. traffic stop in the 300 block of south Main Street.

He was a passenger in the vehicle.

Purse taken from home

Rose A. Miller, 309 E. Sandusky Ave., reported Tuesday a purse was taken from her parked car at her residence. She found it in a trash bin nearby with everything except several rings valued at $500 and a global position satellite receiver.



AcuSport employee stopped smuggling out two handguns

Jason M. Gauntt, 34, of 308 S. Detroit St., was charged May 27 with two counts of theft of a firearm after he tried to smuggle out two handguns inside a hollowed out product catalog from his workplace, AcuSport Corp., 1 Hunter Place.