Ravenna Township man indicted for meth lab, car theft, stolen checks

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Ravenna Township man who allegedly made methamphetamine and stole a car in Ravenna last month has been indicted by a Portage County grand jury on 13 felony charges.

Anthony J. Hoskins, 26, of 5585 Magnolia Drive, was indicted Feb. 7 on one count each of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; one count of breaking and entering and five counts each of receiving stolen property and forgery, all fifth-degree felonies; and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Feb. 8, according to court records.

Hoskins remains in the Portage County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond. A trial date is set for April 23 in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

According to his indictment, Hoskins possessed naphtha, camping fuel, lithium batteries and other items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Jan. 31. That same day, he also allegedly trespassed, with the purpose of committing a felony, on property in the 5600 block of Magnolia Drive, stole a 2007 Ford Fusion parked at a business in the 900 block of East Main Street in Ravenna.

Hoskins also allegedly victimized his own family, according to court records and police reports. At the time of his arrest in January, he was wanted on several warrants by the Portage County Sheriff's Office. Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 19, 2012, Hoskins allegedly possessed five checks stolen from a family member, which he cashed at banks in Franklin Township and Randolph to obtain a total of $418. He also allegedly stole $80 from a family member on Nov. 9, according to his indictment.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • I heard the report went like this!! The drug task force got a call from jobs and family services reporting suspected meth being made at the trailer park! So Dale Kelly and the heart breakers show up to investigate the complaint! Dale opens the door and yells MARCO.... He waited a few seconds and heard a male subject yells POLO... Dale and the heart breakers enter the house looking for the man... Dale yells MARCO.... The man replies POLO... They find the man in a closet with his fisher price meth lab!!! After searching the man they find a round shiny object in his pocket! Dale Kelly calls DT JOHNSON to investigate!!! Unpon further investigations the object was a quarter!!! While the task force was disassembling the meth lab they seen a suspisious white vehicle stopped at the mail box of the meth lab location ,They called LARRY LIMBERT to Investigate!! Unpon further investigation the vehicle was the mail man! During the end of the search of the trailer they seen a silhouette of a man in the kids room! They call SHERIFF DOAK to investigate! Upon further investigation they found that the silhouette was a cut out life size figure of John Wayne!!! And we wonder why everyone's laughing at the administration!!!!