a_d
Sunday
67°
Sunny
10%
Sunday Night
41°
Clear
6%
Monday
70°
Mostly Sunny
6%
Monday Night
50°
Partly Cloudy
5%
Tuesday
75°
Partly Sunny
5%
Tuesday Night
58°
Partly Cloudy
5%
Wednesday
79°
Mostly Cloudy
8%
Wednesday Night
55°
Rain Showers Likely
60%
Thursday
68°
Mostly Cloudy
60%
Thursday Night
50°
Mostly Cloudy
10%
Friday
71°
Chance Thunderstorms
46%
Friday Night
55°
Chance Thunderstorms
48%
3 Day
Extended
a_d
a_d
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Deputies probing home robbery, assault

Celina man in fair condition after he's reportedly beaten, bound at his home

By Margie Wuebker
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a weekend robbery that resulted in injuries to an area man who reportedly was beaten and then bound with duct tape and electrical wire.
Jerry McNeilan, 43, 1160 Oregon Road, Celina, was taken from his home by ambulance Sunday night to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, where he remains under treatment and in fair condition.
McNeilan told deputies two men came to his home around 3 p.m. Sunday on the pretext of looking at a car for sale. He was struck repeatedly with PVC pipe while outside with the pair and then bound inside the residence at some point during the subsequent robbery.
Although still bound, McNeilan eventually gained access to a telephone and called his mother who, in turn, alerted law enforcement shortly after 5 p.m. A 911 dispatcher tried without success to call the residence but the phone continued to ring busy.
The first deputy at the scene reported hearing a person screaming and finding blood on the porch. With Celina rescue personnel stationed at the intersection of Wabash and Oregon roads awaiting the all-clear signal, authorities entered the home, located McNeilan and determined the alleged perpetrators were no longer there.
The men reportedly left the McNeilan home with an undisclosed amount of money and some marijuana, according to sheriff's office reports.
Neither a description of the assailants nor their car have been released, but McNeilan told authorities one of the suspects had come to his home the previous week to look at a vehicle.
Deputies executed a search warrant after McNeilan was taken to the hospital and remained on the scene for several hours. Sheriff Jeff Grey declined to reveal the contents of evidence bags removed from the scene due to the continuing investigation.
a_d
Subscriber only stories on this date
Snow falls, vehicles slide, crash
St. Marys studies how to tighten belt
Joblessness rate lowest
Man indicted in separate incident for allegedly assaulting deputies