New manager on the go preparing for opening of Mercer County Fair
By Margie Wuebker
Steve Schulte pauses to answer the latest in a string of cell phone calls amid the sound of hammers, voices and radios wafting across the Mercer County Fairgrounds on Wednesday - just two days before the fair opens.
Mary Jo Pearson entered Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday afternoon staring straight ahead without so much as a glance toward former customers she bilked out of nearly $56,000.
The 67-year-old Pearson, owner of Pearson Memorials of rural Celina, was placed on five years probation for her guilty plea to 24 counts of theft by deception - 12 of them fourth-degree felonies, 11 fifth-degree felonies and one misdemeanor. [More]