By RYAN DUNN - The owner of Jed's BBQ & Brew in Findlay denied charges filed by a Hancock County grand jury Tuesday that he evaded restaurant taxes.

By RYAN DUNN - The owner of Jed's BBQ & Brew in Findlay denied charges filed by a Hancock County grand jury Tuesday that he evaded restaurant taxes.

Prosecutors said Eric J. Forsyth, 39, of Findlay, withheld taxes owed by the restaurant at 2020 Tiffin Ave. He allegedly did so between Feb. 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, according to the indictment. The charge of failing to pay regular vendor payments is a fourth-degree felony.

Forsyth said the charge stems from a miscommunication between the state Attorney General's Office and the Department of Taxation.

Outstanding bills were paid Tuesday at the state's instruction, Forsyth said. He said he expects the indictment to be dismissed.

The tax investigation began during a transfer of restaurant ownership, Forsyth said. A state agent entered the restaurant and seized sales records in May.

"We're open for business and good to go," he said.

The grand jury also issued four indictments against a Findlay man arrested Oct. 1 in the 15000 block of Ohio 12 after a high-speed chase.

Randall E. Rice, 48, is charged with two counts of cocaine possession, felonies of the fourth and fifth degree; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and failure to comply with a police officer's signal, a fourth-degree felony.

Rice was charged with possessing between 5 and 10 grams of cocaine on Oct. 1, throwing the bag of cocaine out his vehicle window and fleeing an officer. The incidents occurred in Fostoria and Washington Township, according to the indictment.

He was also charged with possessing less than 5 grams of cocaine on Aug. 28 in Findlay.

Indictments were handed up against five other defendants:

" Virgil J. Bishop Jr., 31, of Cincinnati, and Richard M. Wade Jr., 28, of Detroit, were charged with possessing between 10 and 50 grams of heroin, and between 5 and 10 grams of cocaine. The charges are felonies of the second and fourth degree, and allegedly occurred Oct. 26 in Findlay.

" Thomas A. Hunter, 34, of Toledo, was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of cocaine possession. On Sept. 3 in Findlay, Hunter allegedly possessed less than 5 grams of cocaine.

" Nathan J. Bennett, 41, of Findlay, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of receiving stolen property. On July 28 in Findlay, Bennett allegedly had a Fifth Third Bank card that was stolen from a Findlay woman.

" Ronald K. Rose Jr., 31, of Findlay, was charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. Rose allegedly harmed a relative on Oct. 27 in Findlay. He was previously convicted of domestic violence in April 2010 in Findlay Municipal Court, according to the indictment.

Separately, a recently unsealed secret indictment was released.

Canela R. Oviedo, 34, of Perrysburg, allegedly sold between 10 and 50 grams of heroin on Dec. 4, 2010, in Findlay. Oviedo faces a second-degree felony charge of drug trafficking.

Dunn: 419-427-8417

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