MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office picked up a Piqua resident on Monday on a warrant in connection with a reported theft of aluminum castings from the Piqua Emery Foundry in April 2015.
Joseph P. Bishop, 33, of Piqua, was charged with fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property in connection with that incident. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the total value of the aluminum castings stolen was approximately $7,400. The total amount for the castings was approximately $9,366.
The castings were later found at Valley Metals in Dayton, from where the Piqua Emery Foundry paid to retrieve the items. Valley Metals provided information to the Piqua Police Department about the subject who had sold the aluminum castings to the business, which was reportedly Bishop.
Bishop reportedly admitted to scrapping the aluminum castings but denied stealing them. Bishop claimed he was scrapping the metal for a friend.
Bishop’s case was bound over to Miami County Common Pleas Court. The final pretrial meeting for Bishop is scheduled for Monday with a two-day trial scheduled to begin April 12.
Bishop is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $10,000 bond. He is also facing other charges of fifth-degree felony vandalism and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.
In other news:
On March 18, an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper pulled over a Blue Ford Fusion for traveling 81 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 75 north of County Road 25-A near mile marker 73. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the trooper smelled marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle.
The male passenger — Julian M. Caldwell, 29, of Dayton — reportedly produced a small bag of marijuana. The trooper also found a loaded .22 caliber handgun and pill bottle with 10 mg Zolpidem Tartrate pills inside, according to court records.
Caldwell was charged with fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon and minor misdemeanor possession of drugs. Caldwell was also found to have two active warrants, including one out of Franklin County for failure to appear and a misdemeanor warrant out of Montgomery County for a domestic violence/violation of a protection order. The female driver was also found to a have an active warrant out of Montgomery County for theft.
Caldwell is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $35,000 bond.
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