June 29, 2016

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Police: Group home boss allegedly struck resident

MEDINA — A Westfield Township man will be arraigned next Tuesday in Medina County Common Pleas Court for allegedly abusing a patient at his group home in May.



Michael Cook Sr., 45, of 5634 Green­wich Road, was indicted last week on a charge of patient abuse, a fourth­-degree felony. He was charged Tuesday and posted $2,000 bond shortly after.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office began investigating an alleged assault at Love-N-Care, 5634 Greenwich Road, May 14 when the Veterans Affairs Police Department contacted it.

According to a sheriff’s report, the facility is a group home associated with Veter­ans Affairs.

A 55-year-old veteran and resident at the group home contacted the VA and said he had been assaulted May 12.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Kenneth Baca said the man, who is in a wheel­chair, was apparently being difficult with employees of the facility. Cook, who owns the home, allegedly struck the man on his head.

The VA officers told deputies they found blood on the man’s ear and on his vest, Baca said.

A man who answered Love­N-Care’s listed phone number Wednesday said nobody could comment on the charges.

A spokeswoman for the VA’s Cleveland office said more information on the charges and the VA’s relationship with the facility couldn’t immedi­ately be obtained Wednesday.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman with Veteran’s Affairs’ Cleveland office said today that the agency no longer contracts with Love-N-Care.