July 1, 2016

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EX-NASCAR truck series driver pleads not guilty

MEDINA — A former NASCAR truck series driver pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing weapons while on probation.

Jack C. Smith, 43, of 1961 Granger Road, Granger Township, is charged with two counts of possessing weapons illegally, third-degree felonies, and receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison and owe $662 as part of a forfeiture specification.

Smith is accused of possessing a .22 Marlin rifle and a Mossberg shotgun stolen from Todd’s Enviroscapes Inc. in Louisville, Ohio.

In January, Smith was arrested in connection with stolen firearms, crossbows and construction equipment that Medina County sheriff’s deputies reported finding at his home. Some of the items were reported stolen from MC Sports, 976 N. Court St., Medina Township.

Sheriff’s deputies said Smith was selling the stolen items on Craigslist.

Smith was suspended indefinitely from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011 for violating the league’s controlled substance policy. He had been suspended the previous season for similar offenses, but the league reinstated him.

At the time of his January arrest, Smith was on probation after pleading no contest in April 2012 to a count of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a fifth-degree felony. In February, he was sentenced to nine months in prison as a probation violator.

He was returned to the Lorain Correctional Institution, where he is scheduled for release Oct. 7.

Smith awaits a July 16 jury trial on the stolen weapons charges before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

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.