Lewis Buckner, Sr. was arraigned in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. Buckner pleaded not guilty to all charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for later this month. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Lewis Buckner, Sr. was arraigned in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. Buckner pleaded not guilty to all charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for later this month. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — A 57-year-old Van Wert man was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. No details of the case against Lewis Buckner, Sr. were given, except that the rape counts could carry a lifetime prison sentence and a $20,000 fine and the gross sexual imposition charges carry maximum 60-month prison sentences and up to a $10,000 fine. Buckner pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on bond with an order to have no contact with the alleged victim. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 23.

Ashley Lewis, 34, Convoy, pleaded not guilty to a third-degree felony charge of gross sexual imposition. He faces up to three years in prison. Lewis was released on bond and was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 23.

Two men were each charged with illegal assembly of possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, each a third-degree felony charge. Both Austin Coyne, 21, Convoy, and Jack Eddy, 28, entered not guilty plea to the charges they each face. Each man was released on bond Coyne’s pretrial hearing will be July 23 while Eddy’s hearing is set for July 30.

Melissa Frasl, 33, Delphos, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree felony domestic violence. Frasl pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for July 30.



A Van Wert man was charged Wednesday with the illegal use of supplemental nutrition or WIC program benefits. Richard Stegaman, 47, pleaded not guilty to the fifth-degree felony charge. He was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for July 23.

Zane Germann, 24, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to possession of drugs, a felony 5. Germann was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on July 30.

Tiffany Riley, 24, Van Wert, entered a plea of not guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge of theft Riley was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was set for July 23.

Richard Schneider, 28, Ft. Jennings, pleaded not guilty plea to a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering. Schneider was released on bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 23.

A Van Wert man who overdosed on drugs and was saved by medical personnel was sentenced on a misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of drugs. Andrew Taylor, 28, Van Wert, must also serve 60 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, pay fees and court costs in a case called by Assistant County Prosecutor Martin Burchfield as a “self-inflicted crime.” A 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine were deferred pending the sueessful completion of community control.

Joshua Sargent, 32, Van Wert, was sentenced on a domestic violence charge, a felony of the fourth degree. A statement from the victim in the case accused Sargent of not being serious about the charges he has accumulated over the years or about the jobs he has held. Judge Charles D. Steele sentenced Sargent to three years of community control with up to six months to be served in the WORTH Center in Lima. He will also have to serve 30 days in jail, have no contact with the alleged victim, perform 200 hours of community service and pay fees and court costs. An 18-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Jeffrey Wills, 33, Lima, admitted to violating the terms of his probation by being arrested on another charge in Allen Country, Ohio and by making only a singe support payment since January 30, 2014 of $14.60.Wills was re-sentenced to three years of community control plus up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.