LIMA — A Lima man who authorities say jammed electronic law enforcement communication signals was sentenced Monday to a suspended 90-day jail sentence and was placed on probation for a year.
Donald McName II, 59, was indicted last July on a fourth-degree felony count of disrupting public services. In December he pleaded no contest to a bill of information charging him with a second-degree misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business and was ultimately found guilty of the charge.
During his sentencing hearing on Monday, McName initially declined to make a statement. When asked by Judge Jeffrey Reed if he had “learned anything” during his case, McName said simply, “I guess I need to check what I’m doing.”
Reed sentenced McName to 90 days in jail, then suspended the sentence on the condition that McName successfully complete one year of probation, perform 40 hours of community service and pay all court costs.
Around noon on May 12, deputies with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office began receiving complaints from law enforcement agencies and fire departments of severely diminished radio communications capabilities. Technicians began working to restore services, but after two days of work they were unsuccessful.
Officials began conferencing with Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, Allen County Emergency Management Agency and other local service providers. It was determined that there was severe interference from an unknown source which could have been purposeful or accidental.
The interference was tracked to a residence at 201 E. Lane St., Lima. Officers made contact with McName at the residence at approximately 3:15 p.m., but he refused to cooperate with further investigation. He denied any knowledge of any devices on his property or in his home that would cause a disruption.
A search warrant was issued for the residence, and upon entry officers found devices that appeared to be explosives, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. The SWAT team and the Allen County regional bomb squad were called in.
The bomb squad removed one device that was designed in a way with was consistent with a pipe bomb, authorities said. The device was rendered safe, and the rest of the residence was cleared by the bomb squad and SWAT team. During the search, at least one device was located that may have been the source of the interference, along with other items of evidentiary value.