June 26, 2016

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Assault, drug charges among nine grand jury indictments

MEDINA — Nine people were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, including a Medina man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and refusing to allow her to leave her apartment.

Donald Burrelli, 38, of 904 Southport Road, Medina, was charged with first-degree felony kidnapping and second-degree felonious assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday and faces a maximum of 18 years in prison if convicted.

Burrelli previously appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court in 2006 on a fifth-degree felony charge of cocaine trafficking. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to six months on house arrest.

The grand jury meets every other Wednesday to issue indictments.

Eight other people were indicted this week:
Theodore W. Higdon, 50, of 810 Ridgeview Drive, Medina, was charged with raping a child under age 13, a first-degree felony. He faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted. Higdon’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 7.

Jose A. Cotto, 34, of Riverside, Calif., was charged with a first-degree felony count of heroin possession with a major drug offender specification. Previous charges in Riverside County, Calif., could not be obtained, but the specification means he has been convicted of possessing or trafficking hundreds of grams of drugs. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 7. If convicted, Cotto could face up to 10 years in prison.

Marie E. Wilson, 40, of 109 S. Academy St., Lodi, was charged with two counts of endangering children, which are third-degree felonies. She is set to be arraigned Thursday. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison.

Bennett D. Brown, 33, of 2941 Vandemark Road, Litchfield Township, was charged with a count each of burglary and receiving stolen property, which are felonies of the third- and fourth-degree, respectively. In 1998, Brown was sentenced to three years of probation after he was convicted of robbery and intimidation of a witness. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Edwin C. Kneuss Jr., 35, a homeless man with a last known address of 4818 Boston Road, Brunswick, was charged with third-degree felony robbery. He is scheduled for arraignment Thursday and could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Kneuss has been summoned to Medina County Common Pleas court six other times since 1996 on charges of breaking and entering, forgery, theft, vandalism, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary.

Robert M. Koprivnyak, 20, of 66 Center St., Seville, was charged with cocaine possession and heroin trafficking, which are both fifth-degree felonies. He could face up to two years in prison if convicted. Koprivnyak is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 7. He was sentenced to eight months in prison last year for heroin, marijuana and hydromorphone trafficking.

Zack P. Kinney, 20, of 545 Birch Hill Dr., Apt. A8, Medina, was charged with domestic violence involving a pregnant woman, a fifth-degree felony. He could face up to a year in prison if convicted. Kinney is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 7.

A forfeiture specification was added to the third-degree felony burglary charge of Jeananne M. Trout, 37, of San Antonio, Texas, who was originally indicted Nov. 28. Trout is accused of breaking into her ex-husband’s home, then slamming her pickup into his garage. She was given a March 11 jury trial date, and is scheduled to be arraigned again on Jan. 28. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.