Man sentenced on firearms charge


A Bucyrus man was sentenced this week in Crawford County Common Pleas Court after pleading no contest to one count of discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premise or area, a second-degree felony, earlier in December.

Carl S. Massey, 45, 957 Union St., was sentenced to five years of community control and must forfeit all 23 of his firearms to the Bucyrus Police Department.

The case stems from an incident on Aug. 7 at 11:54 p.m. when police were called about a reckless driver crashing into a fence after driving through private properties in the 900 block of Union Avenue. Officers located the vehicle on Whetstone near the Crawford County fairgrounds and the driver of the Ford pickup truck, Laverne P. Lanko, 35, North Ridgeville, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and criminal damaging. A passenger in the vehicle, Tyler J. Wilmouth, Toledo, had been shot by Massey as the trio drove through his property and suffered a broken jaw. A third passenger in the vehicle, John M. Woolheater, 34, of Conneaut Lake, Pa., was not injured. The men are carnival workers and were in Bucyrus to work at the Bratwurst Festival.

Rocky D. McCleese, 36, Bucyrus, asked Leuthold to be placed in a treatment facility after pleading guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, in November.

Leuthold sentenced McCleese to five years of community control with the special condition that he successfully complete a treatment program at Teen Challenge in Youngstown.

Rex A. Beecham, 51, Bucyrus, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of failure to comply, a third-degree felony. He admitted to crashing his motorcycle while attempting to flee from police officers during a traffic stop. One count of possession of drugs was dismissed as part of Beecham’s plea agreement.

By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer

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