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Repeat offender arrested for breaking and entering



Aaron Mertz, 33, of 214 Pratt St., Apt. 4, Bellefontaine, was arrested Sunday for breaking and entering and theft after he allegedly stole scrap metal items from a rural Bellefontaine residence.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday to the residence of Bill Gibson, 3553 S. U.S. Route 68, Bellefontaine.

Mr. Gibson reported seeing several of his personal belongings at D&J Scrap Metal Yard. He then checked his storage units and discovered signs of a break-in. Scrap metal items, including hydraulic jacks and bolts were missing.

The scrap metal yard identified Mr. Mertz as the person who sold Mr. Gibson’s items. He was arrested at his residence and was transported to the Logan County Jail.

About two weeks ago, Mr. Mertz also was arrested for criminal trespass, breaking and entering, and theft relating to a break-in at a barn in the area of Stockyard Road and Township Road 56. The stolen items were recovered at a local scrap metal yard.

During August, the defendant also was arrested relating to a theft from an elderly woman’s home in Huntsville.

Domestic dispute leads to arrest



Eric S. Brim, 46, of 868 E. Sandusky Ave., Apt. 213, Bellefontaine, was charged with domestic violence and criminal damaging after an incident Friday morning.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of county roads 13 and 31 about 10:50 a.m. and spoke with his girlfriend, Laurie King, 51, of the same address.

She reported that the pair had been arguing for several days, and that particular day, she had been driving in a vehicle with Mr. Brim. She said she turned the vehicle around to go home as a result of their arguing, and he reportedly jumped out of the vehicle.

During the altercation, the defendant allegedly punched out the back window of the vehicle. Ms. King then turned east onto C.R. 13, and he grabbed the vehicle’s gear shifter and put it in park. Also, he reportedly threw her cell phone out of the vehicle.

Deputies observed that Ms. King had sustained cuts to her arm.

The defendant was located walking in the area, and he was arrested and transported to the Logan County Jail.

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