June 28, 2016

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2 Brunswick-area men face assault, burglary charges

MEDINA — Two Brunswick-area men are accused of breaking into a Chippewa Lake home and assaulting a woman and her teenage son.

Shane A. Wuensch, 19, of 837 Pennys Drive, Brunswick, pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of kidnapping — all first-degree felonies — and a count of second-degree felonious assault.

Shane Wuensch

Brandon Ward

He is scheduled to stand trial May 20.

The second man, Brandon M. Ward, 19, of 4086 Boston Road, Lot 19, Brunswick Hills Township, pleaded not guilty Feb. 28 to two counts of aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies; and a count of second-degree felonious assault.

Wuensch and Ward, along with two other men and two boys, threw bricks through the windows and broke into the Lake Road home Dec. 2, according to sheriff’s reports.

The 43-year-old resident told sheriff’s deputies that the group attacked her with a baseball bat and threw gasoline on her and her 14-year-old son.

The boy was taken to Lodi Hospital, police reported. The woman refused treatment.

A sheriff’s deputy reported the woman’s 17-year-old son said the motive for the attack was a dispute over a girl at school.

Wuensch and Ward have additional cases pending in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Wuensch is awaiting sentencing for a charge of possessing N-benzylpiperazine, a drug similar to amphetamines, a third-degree felony.

Ward is awaiting sentencing after being convicted Sept. 10 for marijuana trafficking and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, both fifth-degree felonies. He’s also awaiting an unrelated April 1 trial for robbery, a second-degree felony.

Wuensch also has failed to appear twice in Medina County Common Pleas Court, and Ward has failed to appear once.

Both men are being held at the Medina County Jail. Wuensch has a $500,000 bond, and Ward has a $250,000 bond.

According to police reports, Dale Mackey, 19, of 3161 Holly Drive, Brunswick, was one of the six home invaders, but he was not charged. However, he has other charges in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Mackey was sentenced Monday to 180 days in jail for two counts of marijuana trafficking and two counts of heroin trafficking — all fifth-degree felonies.

Mackey’s mother, Nancy A. Mackey, 52, of 4480 Coolidge St., Brunswick, also was sentenced Monday to two years of probation on a count of aggravated drug trafficking, a fourth degree felony, a count of heroin trafficking and a count of trafficking an unspecified drug — both fifth-degree felonies.

Charges have not been filed against the other three named in the reports in connection with the home invasion: a 19-year-old man and two boys, 17 and 16 years old.

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

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

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.