June 29, 2016

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Husband of former Medina Schools’ teacher indicted on marijuana charges

ELYRIA — The husband of a former Medina Schools teacher has been indicted on charges accusing him of growing marijuana in the couple’s North Ridgeville home.

Matthew Briggs, 35, faces charges of illegal cultivation of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shannon Briggs

His wife, Shannon Briggs, was fined $500 and given a suspended jail sentence in January after she pleaded no contest in Elyria Municipal Court to charges of disorderly conduct persisting and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was a special education teacher at A.I. Root Middle School when police discovered marijuana plants in their home in October. She resigned from her position later that month, according to Medina school district officials.

The Briggses fell under investigation when a neighbor called police to report that the front door of their house was left open on Aug. 31.

While checking the house, police officers found six mature marijuana plants and about 30 seedlings in a room in the basement. They also found pipes and a Mason jar of marijuana.

Police have said they believe the drugs were for the couple’s personal use. Shannon Briggs initially denied knowing about the plants, but later changed her story.

Matthew Briggs originally was charged with endangering children in the case because the couple has two young children, but he was not indicted on that charge.

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