By Meghan Millea
Tuscarawas County Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Miller has dealt with several animal related crimes, but the case involving Jack B. Callahan of Gnadenhutten was a first for her.
“In eight years, this is my first cattle-rustling case,” she said.
In Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Judge Edward E. O’Farrell’s courtroom Monday, Callahan, 42, chose to plead guilty to a bill of information for stealing a bull and three cows. He and David B. Henderson, 24, of Kimbolton, were arrested in July following an 18-month investigation by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation into the cattle-rustling ring also included representatives of the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office.
The sheriff’s department recovered six cattle, including a black bull, at Callahan’s Gnadenhutten-area farm during the arrest. Callahan and Henderson also were suspected of stealing more than 40 head of cattle from farms in Tuscarawas and Coshocton counties.
The men also were accused of stealing 16 feeder cattle from one farm, and five head of beef cattle from another farm located in Coshocton County in November.
Callahan was not charged for all of the alleged cattle thefts. He entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft for stealing one bull and three cows, which is a felony of the fourth degree.
He will be sentenced to six months in the county jail, restitution of $445 as well as court costs and two years of probation. More....