LIMA — A Lima man will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to two felony charges of the illegal transportation of scrap tires within the city.
The pleas entered Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court make Randy Maze, 60, the fifth person in a little over a year to be convicted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the illegal dumping and/or transport of scrap tires in Lima.
Maze was indicted in July on two counts of the illegal transportation of scrap tires without a registration certificate, unclassified felonies, and one count of the illegal open dumping of scrap tires. All the charges are unclassified felonies. Through a plea deal offered by the attorney general’s office, the open dumping charge was dismissed in exchange for Maze’s guilty pleas to the remaining two counts.
He will be sentenced on Dec. 18 and faces a a maximum four-year prison term on each count and fines of up to $25,000.
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, transported more than 20 scrap tires 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 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.”
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.