June 30, 2016

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Judge delays arraignment for disrespect

MEDINA — A New York state resident who drove more than 200 miles to Medina on Thursday for his arraignment in Medina County Common Pleas Court was told to return in two weeks because he disrespected the judge.

Michael S. Walker, 34, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is accused of possessing more than 1,200 untaxed cigarettes, a fourth-degree felony.

At Thursday’s hearing, Judge James L. Kimbler explained in detail the various plea options available to Walker.

When he finished, Kimbler asked whether Walker understood the options.

Walker apparently wasn’t listening.

“What?” Walker said, looking surprised.

Kimbler halted the hearing and rescheduled Walker’s arraignment for April 4.

“I do not need this in my life today,” Kimbler said. “Take him out of here.

“I’ll see him again in two weeks. He’s lucky I’m not revoking his bond.”

Walker’s attorney said afterward that his client planned to plead guilty and would pay a $1,000 fine as part of a plea agreement with the county prosecutor.

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.