Grand jury indicts Sidney woman

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A 62-year-old city woman has been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury for allegedly firing a gun at a Troy man in the parking lot at Walmart in Sidney. Also, a Maplewood man remains jailed on sexual misconduct charges.

They were among seven people indicted who face arraignment on May 21 in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Teresa A. Holthaus, 1733 Fair Oaks, Sidney, has been charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

According to Sidney Police Capt. Jerry Tangeman, on April 7 at 2:38 p.m., Sidney Police was dispatched to the parking lot of the Walmart, 2400 W. Michigan St., in regards to a male subject being shot at.

Upon arrival, officers learned Jeffrey Epley, 63, from Troy, was driving in his pick-up truck being followed aggressively by a car driven by Holthaus. Reportedly, Holthaus was pointing a handgun out her window as she followed close behind Epley.

Epley reportedly stopped his vehicle near the lawn and garden section and started to exit his vehicle at which point Holthaus allegedly fired the gun, a Black .38 Taurus revolver, in the direction of Epley striking the rear of his truck.

Holthaus then drove away from the scene. Officers immediately responded to Holthaus’ residence on Fair Oaks where she was taken into custody without incident. The vehicle and handgun believed used during the incident were recovered at her residence.

Tangeman said the incident between Epley and Holthaus stemmed from unresolved domestic issues after they recently ended a lengthy relationship.

The grand jury asked for firearm use specification to be included in the case.

Frank V. Huish, 45, 13490 Pasco-Montra Road, Maplewood, has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery, both third-degree felonies, and two counts of unlawful; conduct with a minor, both second-degree felonies.

Specification to have Huish considered a sexually violent predator is included in the indictment. He remains incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

According to online court records, on March 13, Huish engaged in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl who was intoxicated. The incidents involved a person more than 10 years younger than Huish led to the second-degree felony charges. A previous similar conviction was noted from Logan County.

Caleb T. Strunk, 22, 212 Washington St., has been charged with endangering children, a second-degree felony.

On April 8, he allegedly shook a six-month-old child causing brain bleed, according to authorities.

He remains housed at the county jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Stacey White, 47, 116 N. Pomeroy Ave., was charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies.

On April 7, he allegedly hit a man with his vehicle causing injury and attempted to hit another person with his car.

Ryan Hunt, 25, 936 N. Buckeye Ave., was indicted on four counts of receiving stolen property, two each second and third-degree felonies.

He is accused of accepting two vehicles and license plates that were believed to be stolen.

Two Michigan men were indicted on the same gun-related charges.

Rico Peete, 26, Detroit, Michigan, and Da Shawn Tarek McCutchen, 20, Sterling Heights, Michigan, are each charged with improper transportation of a loaded firearm and receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree felonies.

They were arrested on April 12 with allegedly stolen handguns.


By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.