LIMA — A Defiance man charged with complicity in the transportation and illegal dumping of scrap automobile tires within the city of Lima was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.
In December, Charles Farsht, 35, accepted a negotiated plea agreement from special prosecutor Ken Egbert, appointed by the Ohio Attorney General’s environmental enforcement division, for his role in the tire-dumping scheme.
Prosecutors said Farsht, along with Lima residents Jonathan White and John Schlesselman, aided and abetted Lima resident William Doug Gipson — who remains at large and for whom an arrest warrant has been issued — by illegally transporting and disposing of “at least 50” scrap tires in a vacant lot at the corner of Main and 12th Streets on the city’s south side.
White, 28, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of illegal emission of an air contaminant, an unclassified misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a 90-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine — both of which were suspended.
Schlesselman, 50, who operates TJ’s Auto in Lima, pleaded guilty to causing scrap tires to be illegally transported. He received a suspended 90-day jail sentence and was fined $1,000, with $750 of that total suspended. As part of a plea agreement, Schlesselman also agreed to clean up — at his own expense — the tires that he had caused to be dumped at the corner of Main and 12th Streets.
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