Man accused of causing Darke County Jail shutdown has October court date

Published: Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

Stephen Garner

The Ansonia man accused of causing the shutdown of the Darke County Jail in April is expected to be in court in October on several felony charges.

>> Meth poisoning sickens jail officers, shuts down jail

Stephen Garner, 37, was arraigned this week in county Common Pleas court on the following: 

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* Felonious assault, 

* Assault, 

* Tampering with evidence, 

* Illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of detention facility, 

* Aggravated possession of drugs, 

* And vandalism, 

Our news partners at are reporting that Judge Jonathan P. Hein set bond at $70,000 and scheduled the pre-trial hearing for Oct. 9.

Garner was taken to Wayne Healthcare after several baggies of what tested positive as meth fell from his possession as he was being booked into the jail at Greenville.

Vapors from the meth reached the jail ventilation system and sickened several jail officers. The jail was shut down several days.

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