November 25, 2014

Medina
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Medina Schools teacher pleads no contest to pot plants

ELYRIA — A Medina Schools teacher, inside whose home North Ridgeville police discovered a marijuana growing operation, has pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct persisting and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Shannon Briggs

Matthew Briggs

Shannon Briggs, 34, was fined $500, given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment following her plea Tuesday in Elyria Municipal Court. She will be monitored by Elyria probation officers for a year.

Her husband, 35-year-old Matthew Briggs, agreed Tuesday to waive a preliminary hearing on marijuana cultivation, endangering children and possession of drug paraphernalia and have his case presented to a county grand jury, according to court records.

Shannon Briggs, who was a special education teacher at A.I. Root Middle School, was placed on paid leave by the district in October.

Police began investigating the Briggs on Aug. 31 when a neighbor reported the front door of the couple’s home had been left open. While checking the house, officers found a room in the basement where marijuana plants were being grown. They also found marijuana pipes and a Mason jar full of the marijuana.

Police reported finding six mature plants and around 20 seedlings, although it is believed the drugs were for the Briggs’ personal use. Neither was charged with drug trafficking.

Shannon Briggs initially denied that she knew about the grow operation, but later changed her position, police reported.

Matthew Briggs was charged with endangering children because there was a 3-year-old boy and 1-year-old boy inside the house, according to police.

Contact Brad Dicken at (440) 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.