June 29, 2016

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Men indicted on charges of armed robbery, carjacking

Seth Cunningham

MEDINA — A University of Akron football player has been indicted on armed robbery charges by a Medina County grand jury.

Seth W. Cunningham, 21, of 1375 Central Park Lane, Montville Township, is accused of taking a $447 water pipe at gunpoint from a Brunswick tobacco supplies store May 13.

The May 22 indictment charges Cunningham with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, with two firearm specifications.

He’s scheduled for arraignment June 10 before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Cunningham has no previous record in Medina or Summit county common pleas or municipal courts.

He was suspended from the Zips football team pending the outcome of the case. [br]

Also indicted May 22:

Antoine Petty

• Antoine D. Petty, 22, of Fairlawn, was charged with two counts of robbery, second- and third-degree felonies.

He’s accused of carjacking a Wadsworth woman’s vehicle May 12 and is scheduled for arraignment June 3 in Collier’s court.

This is Petty’s first time in Medina County courts, but he’s appeared in Summit County courts eight times since 2010 on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, crack cocaine and marijuana possession, cocaine trafficking, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property. [br]

Gary Ostrowski

• Gary W. Ostrowski, 56, of 1010 Essex Lane, Medina, was charged with failure to obey a police officer, a third-degree felony.

He’s accused of leading a three-county car chase while intoxicated and is scheduled for a June 10 arraignment in Collier’s court.

He’s also charged with driving under the influence in Wadsworth Municipal Court.

Ostrowski was in county common pleas court in 2011 on a charge of vandalism, which was reduced to first-degree misdemeanor attempted vandalism as part of a plea deal. [br]

• George A. Steffen, 48, of 1337 Blueberry Hill Drive, Brunswick, was charged with second-degree felonious assault and domestic violence with prior offenses, a fourth-degree felony.

His indictment includes a repeat violent offender specification.

He’s scheduled for a June 3 arraignment in Collier’s court.

• Brandon P. Bokar, 19, of 1958 Coventry Drive, Brunswick, was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony.

Bokar has no previous record in county common pleas court.

He’s scheduled for a Thursday arraignment before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

• Steven P. Nicewander, 52, of Rittman, was charged with burglary, a third-degree felony, and two counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies.

He’s set for a June 20 arraignment in Kimbler’s court.

A special prosecutor from Summit County was called to oversee Nicewander’s case. The attorney, Mary Ann Kovach, did not return a call for comment.

He has no previous criminal history in Medina or Wayne county courts.

• George L. Quinones, 34, of 248 Medina St., Apt. 2, Medina, was charged with domestic violence with prior offenses, a fourth-degree felony.

He’s set for arraignment in Kimbler’s court Thursday.

Quinones was in county common pleas court in 2010 on two counts of cocaine trafficking, which were dismissed.

• Joshua W. Fox, 36, of 1104 S. Danbury Circle, Medina, was charged with aggravated drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.

He is set for a June 10 arraignment in Collier’s court.

Fox has never appeared in county common pleas court.

• Robert Graber, 56, of West Salem, had a forfeiture specification added to charges of aggravated drug trafficking, third-degree felonies.

If he is convicted, the specification would require him to forfeit the $633 he’s accused of earning from selling drugs.

Graber has no previous criminal record in the common pleas courts of Medina or Wayne counties.

A grand jury meets every other week. Its next session is scheduled for June 5.

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.