PIQUA — Former car salesperson Joshua E. Finley, 28, of Piqua, was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison on Tuesday in Miami County Common Pleas Court for selling vehicles with altered odometers to unaware customers.
Finley was indicted in January on six counts, including first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities, second-degree felony conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activities, three-degree felony tampering with records, fourth-degree felony transferring a motor vehicle with tampered or non-functioning odometer, and fifth-degree felony tampering with an odometer.
Finley reportedly worked at a lot on the corner of South Street and Clark Avenue during the time of the alleged conduct, including Mills Auto Sales, located at on the 400 block of South Street.
Examples of vehicles that the county cited as illegally altered included a 2000 GMC with an odometer reading of 186,000 miles with an actual mileage of 283,168 miles, and a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with an odometer reading of 99,000 miles with an actual mileage of 285,820 miles.
According to Miami County Prosecutor Anthony Kendall, the alleged corrupt activity was uncovered when a recipient of one of the vehicles brought the car to a repair shop and the mechanic told the owner that the odometer had been tampered with and was not displaying the correct mileage.
Dayton man gets 30 months for robbery
• Hassan O. Purdie, 24, of Dayton, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday in Miami County Common Pleas Court for third-degree felony robbery in connection with an incident in Piqua earlier this year. Purdie was facing a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison.
Purdie waived his right to a grand jury indictment in May. His plea was part of a plea agreement with the state that amended down his original charge of first-degree felony aggravated robbery down to third-degree felony robbery.
The charge is in connection with an incident that took place in March on the 400 block of Wood Street in Piqua. According to Piqua police reports, a Piqua resident “stated a male pointed a handgun at him and another male removed all the items from his person after striking him in the head.”
Taylor K. Spencer, 22, also of Dayton, was charged in connection with that incident as well with first-degree felony complicity. A warrant was issued for her arrest in March in Miami County Municipal Court and she was picked up in June. Her case has been bound over to Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Spencer is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Purdie has 117 days jail credit. When Purdie is released from prison, he will be subject to three years of mandatory post-release control.
Alleged drug dealers charged, in custody
Two suspected drug dealers in Piqua were charged on Wednesday.
Timothy A. Houshel, 39, of Piqua, was charged with fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs, second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, and fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse. Crystal S. Collier, 32, of Piqua was charged with fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs and second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments on Wednesday.
Houshel and Collier are accused of preparing heroin for sale and possessing used syringes.
Officers and detectives from the Piqua Police Department, Sidney Police Department and Tipp City Police Department executed a drug-related search warrant at Collier’s residence on July 1 on the 900 block of Park Avenue. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, police recovered syringes, capsules with residue, digital scales, baggies, and cocaine pipes at that house.
There were two other occupants in the house at the time the warrant was executed. One of them, Christopher L. Hecker, 39, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments in connection with this incident.
Collier and Houshel are currently being held at the Miami County Jail. They are scheduled to be arraigned this morning.
Piqua man charged with sex offense
Phillip J. Hutton, 59, of Piqua, was charged and arraigned on Tuesday for first-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition in Miami County Municipal Court.
Hutton is accused of touching a female adult inappropriately without her permission over the weekend at a private residence. According to court records, Hutton admitted to the inappropriate behavior and said that he “could not control his behavior.”
Hutton is a registered sex offender and has been convicted of prior sex offenses in Miami County, including rape in 1993 and gross sexual imposition in 1993.
Hutton’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 17. Hutton is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $2,500 bond.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336