Galion man charged with attempted murder


By Kimberly Gasuras - [email protected]



Khabeer Brown


Mitchell Lawhun


A Galion man accused of assaulting a four-month-old baby was arraigned in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Monday on three charges, including attempted murder.

Mitchell T. Lawhun, 25, 410 Hensley Ave., is facing one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, along with felonious assault and endangering children, both second-degree felonies.

Police reports show that the Galion Police Department received a call from Galion Community Hospital personnel on March 18 regarding a baby with a brain bleed.

Crall said the mother of the baby was at work, leaving the baby in the care of Lawhun, when the incident allegedly occurred and that she brought the baby to the hospital when she noticed injuries.

The baby was taken by medical helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where doctors found that she was suffering from a fractured skull and broken arm.

Leuthold continued Lawhun’s bond of $2 million that was originally set in Municipal Court.

In addition, a Galion man accused of possessing a large quantity of drugs at residences in both Galion and Bucyrus pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.

Khabeer J. Brown, 38, of 231 Walker St., Galion, and 937 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, is facing three first-degree felony counts of possession of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, with a street value of more than $363,000 that could land him in prison for up to 45 years.

Judge Sean Leuthold continued Brown’s bond of $3 million that was set in Municipal Court two weeks ago.

On March 22, detectives of the Bucyrus and Galion Police Departments raided both of Brown’s residences along with the Crawford County Special Response Team and METRICH task force. A large quantity of suspected crack cocaine, suspected heroin, over $1,200 in cash and evidence of drug trafficking were found in the Bucyrus residence where Tim and Billie Rathers were also arrested.

Officers then executed a second search warrant at the Galion address, seizing in excess of four kilos of suspected crack cocaine and an estimated 800 grams of suspected heroin. The estimated weight of heroin seized is 820 grams of heroin valued at $16,000 dollars, and more than five kilograms of crack cocaine valued at about $350,000 dollars.

Personal recognizance bonds were set for both Tim and Billie Rathers who are each charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Also, a Crestline man, also charged with drug-related crimes, pleaded not guilty to the charges he is facing.

Matthew P. Cobb, 31, 724 Brown St., is charged with possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, manufacturing drugs, having weapons under disability, vandalism, felony tampering with evidence and two charges of possession of drugs.

Leuthold set bond for Cobb in the amount of $1.5 million.

Cobb was arrested last week after law enforcement searched his residence and seized methamphetamine, guns, clubs, knives and cash at the home. There was also evidence of methamphetamine and heroin use in the home.

Other arraignments included:

* Jason Gernert, 32, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs and was sentenced to community control.

* Kevin L. Hines, 38, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and was sentenced to community control.

* Jacob L. Morgan, 21, Bucyrus, theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony, bond set at $250,000.

* Dustin R. Angel, 30, Oceola, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, bond set at $200,000.

* Ranay J. Lease, 26, Galion, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, bond set at $200,000.

* Brandon A. Robison, Galion, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, bond set at $150,000.

* John Meacham, 30, Bucyrus, two counts of trafficking drugs, both fourth-degree felonies, bond set at $150,000.

* Dakota R. Craft, 20, Galion, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, bond set at $100,000.

* Maria Thompson, 24, homeless, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, bond set at $75,000.

* Daniel Fowler, 22, Bucyrus, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, bond set at $50,000.

* Michael Moskus, 53, Bucyrus, permitting drug abuse and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, and possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, bond set at $50,000.

* Frederick H. Staats, 45, Crestline, assault on a peace officer, a fourth degree felony, and domestic threats and resisting arrests, both misdemeanors, bond set at $50,000.

* Christopher J. Beat, 36, homeless, breaking and entering, bond set at $25,000.

* Thomas F. Wilson, 28, Marengo, two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, bond set at $25,000.

* Malcolm B. Jackson, 20, Crestline, trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, bond set at $15,000.

* Angela S. Cox, 46, Bucyrus, forgery, a fifth-degree felony, and falsification and interference with custody, both misdemeanors, personal recognizance bond.

* Merrick Hannan, 22, Mansfield, felonious assault, a second-degree felony, personal recognizance bond.

* Trevor Boyd, 21, Mansfield, felonious assault, a second-degree felony, personal recognizance bond.

According to Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall, four of the cases are from previous grand juries which were just served and there are two cases that are yet to be served and are sealed.

Khabeer Brown
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_brown_khabeer.jpgKhabeer Brown

Mitchell Lawhun
http://galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_lawhun-mitchell-T2016323155630935.jpgMitchell Lawhun

By Kimberly Gasuras

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