A Hancock County man and an Ohio woman are facing multiple charges following an arrest made by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies on Wednesday.
Michael Todd Smith, aka “Scooter,” 31, of Newell, was charged with possession of stolen property, battery on an officer, destruction of property, and public intoxication for an incident occurring on October 19. A felony charge of 3rd degree arson was also included from an incident occurring on September 25.
Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher stated county deputies were responding to a call of a stolen vehicle in Newell. While deputies were attending to a reported auto theft, a second call came in to 911 dispatch from Glendale Road reporting that an individual had come on to their property and damaged their vehicle.
Upon arrival on the scene at Glendale Road, Smith, as-well-as passenger Adieana Hensley, 35, of Minerva, Ohio, were in possession of the stolen vehicle originally reported on Washington St.
Both were taken in to custody.
According to Sheriff Fletcher, statements from witnesses at the scene indicated Smith had broken out a window of the vehicle on Glendale Road.
Once in custody, it was discovered Smith had an outstanding warrant for 3rd degree arson for a vehicle fire on 120 Grant St. in Newell. The Newell Volunteer Fire Department provided information that the fire appeared suspicious and was a possible arson case.
Subsequent investigation concluded Smith had caused the fire which led to the total loss of a 1999 GMC Yukon Denali.
Smith is currently being housed in the Northern Regional Jail. His bond has been set at $31,000.
Hensley is also at Northern Regional Jail facing charges of possession of stolen property and public intoxication. Her bond has been set at $5,100.
Both are due back in court on October 28.