Child’s phone call leads to jail for Galion man


BUCYRUS — A phone call from a child led to the recent sentencing of a Galion man on drug-related charges.

Brian D. Javens, 31, 380 Oak St., was sentenced to five years of community control for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and to 180 days in the county jail on a misdemeanor charge of endangering children.

In early May, Galion Police received a phone call from a child stating his parents were using heroin in his home. An investigation resulted in the charges against Javens and his co-defendant, Rachel K. Merritt, who is facing the same charges.

Javens must also pay a $1,250, had his driver’s license suspended for six months and must complete a drug and alcohol treatment program.

If Javens does not complete his community control successfully, he faces one year in prison.

The girlfriend of a Bucyrus man charged with several counts of child pornography is now facing charges of her own.

Bethany M. Thompson, 32, 23 Pinewood Court, faces two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, both second-degree felonies. She had her initial appearance in Crawford County Municipal Court Thursday.

Thompson’s live-in boyfriend, Justin D. Millhouse II, is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center on a $2.5 million bond. He was arraigned in Crawford County Common Pleas Court last week on nine counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and endangering children, second-degree felonies, six counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, and nine counts of endangering children, also second-degree felonies.

Judge Shane Leuthold set bond for Thompson at $1 million and she is also being held at the Crawford County Justice Center.

In Common Pleas court Monday, a Bucyrus man was sentenced to prison time on drug charges.

Zachary L. Marshall, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and was sentenced to 16 months in prison. He must also pay a $1,250 mandatory drug fine, had his driver’s license suspended for six months and must forfeit all drug-related property to the Bucyrus Police Department.

Ronald L. Lewis, 49, 534 Third Ave., Galion, was also sentenced to five years of community control after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, which was amended from the original charge of second-degree felonious assault.

Judge Sean Leuthold ordered that Lewis successfully complete a drug and alcohol treatment program, pay a $750 fine and is to have no contact with the victim in the case.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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