March 15, 2012
LIMA ó A 17-year-old boy who has been given numerous chances to turn his life around in the juvenile justice system will now find out what itís like to be treated as an adult with much stiffer penalties.Travis W. Cook, 17, of 1624 N. Elizabeth St., was charged with aggravated robbery with a gun and having a gun under a court sanction.Cook, another child and an adult are accused of using a gun to rob a man in October. The trio approached the man in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Northern Avenue and robbed him, said Dan Berry, an assistant prosecutor in Allen County.Cook has an extensive juvenile record with the court and other agencies in the justice system tried to rehabilitate him but to no success. The only option left was to try him as an adult, Berry said. An Allen County grand jury also returned six other public indictments Thursday. Those indicted and their charges were:William Riley Jr., 43, of 3490 Ada Road, theft and vandalism.Shane M. Hicks, 24, of Russells Point, failure to comply with order or signal of police officer. Jayden L. Painter, 19, of 527 Haller St., grand theft.Kiel A. Martin, 25, of 8140 Elida Road, Delphos, receiving stolen property.David L. Smith, 42, of 419 Ewing St., aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and illegal cultivation of marijuana.Jerome L. Crockett, 26, of 738 Greenlawn Ave., two counts of having weapons under disability. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.