April 25, 2014

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Weapons stash found at shooting suspect’s motel room

BOWLING GREEN — A type of rifle used by snipers, several other weapons and a large quantity of ammunition was found in a Michigan motel room rented by a truck driver accused of killing two co-workers at an Ohio company, authorities said Friday.

Calvin Neyland Jr., 43, of Findlay, was being held without bond in the Wood County jail after being arraigned Thursday by video in Perrysburg Municipal Court on two counts of aggravated murder.

Neyland is accused of killing Douglas Smith, 44, of Sylvania Township near Toledo, and Thomas Lazar, 58, of Belle Vernon, Pa., on Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Transportation in Perrysburg Township near Toledo.

Lazar, a retired Pennsylvania state trooper, had been sent to the Ohio office to assist in firing Neyland, officials said.

Smith’s father, Donald Smith, 68, of Oil City, Pa., had never heard him mention Neyland but said he understood Lazar was brought in from Pittsburgh because Neyland’s firing was not expected to go smoothly.

“We know what happened, but I don’t know whether we’ll ever understand why something like this happens,” said Smith.

He said his son began working at the trucking company in April 2006 as the manager of the Perrysburg office and was the only person who worked at the site.

Judge S. Dwight Osterud, said that Lazar apparently was shot in a parking lot outside the trucking company shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday and Smith was shot in his office.