Another Lima man indicted for dumping scrap tires

By J Swygart –

LIMA OH (8/13/2019) — A continuing effort by state environmental officials to curb the illegal disposal of scrap tires has resulted in criminal charges against another Lima man.

Randy Maze, 60, was arraigned Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court on three felony charges related to the illegal dumping of scrap tires. He was indicted in July on two counts of the illegal transportation of scrap tires without a registration certificate and one count of the illegal open dumping of scrap tires. All the charges are unclassified felonies.

Maze, through his court-appointed attorney, Heather Kocher, entered pleas of not guilty to all three charges.

Kenneth Egbert, assistant Ohio Attorney General for the state’s environmental enforcement section, alleged in the indictment that Maze, doing business as R&M Tire, on Nov. 5 and 6 of last year transported more than 10 scrap tires on each occasion from a building at 325 S. Main St., Lima, without obtaining a registration certificate from the director of environmental protection.

The indictment also alleges that Maze on or about Sept. 20, 2018, deposited “several hundred scrap tires in a building, trailer or other vehicle for longer than 14 days at 325 S. Main St. in Lima,” which was described as an “unregistered scrap tire facility or unlicensed or unpermitted site that was operated as a scrap tire collection site.”

Judge Terri Kohlrieser said each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, up to four years in prison or both. An Aug. 28 pretrial was scheduled and allowed Maze to remain free on an own-recognizance bond.

Last year, William Gipson, 38, of Lima, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years on probation for the illegal open dumping of tires.

John Schlesselman, 50, who operates TJs Auto in Lima, received a suspended 90-day jail sentence and was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to causing scrap tires to be illegally transported. He also agreed to clean up, at his own expense, tires he had caused to be dumped in the city.

Lima resident Jonathan White and Defiance resident Charles Farsht were also sentenced in the tire-dumping scheme.

Farsht, 35, was sentenced to two years on probation, while White, 28, was handed a suspended 90-day jail sentence and fined $1,000 — which was also suspended.