Grand jury hands down indictments


By Charlotte Caldwell - [email protected]



SIDNEY — The Shelby County grand jury issued indictments for grand theft auto, domestic violence, drug trafficking and forgery, among other charges, on Thursday, April 21.

Brandt M. Kellem, 28, who is in the Shelby County Jail, was indicted on charges of grand theft auto, a fourth-degree felony, failure to comply with the order or signal of an officer, a third-degree felony, and felonious assault, a first-degree felony. On or about April 7, 2022, Kellem knowingly stole a 2009 Chrysler Sebring without the owner’s consent, then drove at excessive speeds, drove through multiple residential yards and a field, and struck Sgt. Ed Garrett’s vehicle with his own, trying to cause physical harm, when Sgt. Garrett ordered him to stop the vehicle.

Jeremy S. Swiger, 43, of Sidney, was indicted on one charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. On or about April 18, 2022, Swiger knowingly caused physical harm to a family or household member by grabbing her by the throat, choking her, and throwing her to the ground. Swiger was previously convicted of domestic violence in the Sidney Municipal Court, a fourth-degree felony.

Giovanni Andrew Urban, 24, of Cincinnati, was indicted on two charges of trafficking in drugs, a fourth and fifth-degree felony. On or about March 10, 2022, Urban prepared several bags of marijuana and hashish for transport and distribution, knowing it was intended for sale or resale.

James Caleb Parker, 28, who is in the Shelby County Jail, was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies. On or about March 7, 2022, Parker received and possessed a business check that he knew or had reasonable cause to believe had been stolen. He cashed the check for $750 that belonged to another at the Sidney Foodmart.

Travis Nelson, 29, of Sidney, was indicted on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. On or about March 28, 2022, Nelson possessed methamphetamine and a pipe to store, transport, and abuse the drug.

Aaron F. Zwiebel, 47, of Pemberton, was indicted on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor. On or about Feb. 5, 2022, Zwiebel possessed methamphetamine and baggies to store it in and drove while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Crystal D. Marlow, 45, at large, was indicted on one charge of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. On or about April 20, 2022, Marlow failed to report to a status conference for the Shelby County Common Pleas Court after having been released on her own recognizance on Feb. 24, 2022.

William J. Braun, 72, of Anna, was indicted on charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor. On or about March 31, 2022, Braun drove while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had a loaded Springfield Armory 9 mm pistol on him or in the car at the time.

Joshua St. Myers, 30, of Sidney, was indicted on one charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of an officer, a third-degree felony. On or about March 26, 2022, Myers fled from a police officer who signaled him to stop and proceeded to drive over 100 mph, cross the centerline, and drive on the berm.

Robert R. Johnson, 43, of Sidney, was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, illegal conveyance of a prohibited item onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. On or about March 28, 2022, Johnson was in possession of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that he knew or had reasonable cause to believe had been stolen. He also possessed methamphetamine, knowingly brought the drug into the Shelby County Jail and hid baggies of the drug on his person to impair its availability as evidence.

By Charlotte Caldwell

[email protected]

Reach the writer at (937) 538-4824.

Reach the writer at (937) 538-4824.