July 24, 2016

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EMT who helped girl run away pleads no contest

MEDINA — A 22-year-old Sharon Township Fire Department emergency medical technician convicted of helping a teenage girl run away to Florida is scheduled to be sentenced July 8.

Maxwell D. Leibsla, of 3687 Knots Landing, Montville Township, pleaded no contest May 23 to interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Maxwell Leibsla

He was accused of transporting Jessica Kollar, 15, who was on probation, to Lake Worth, Fla.

The pair was arrested Feb. 2.

Kollar’s family told police they last saw her Jan. 24 and they suspected she and Leibsla were headed to Florida.

The girl’s friends said she told them she was safe but wouldn’t say where she was.

Sharon Township Fire Chief Rob Haas said in February that Leibsla was a part-time volunteer and would be fired if he was convicted.

“You can’t be a felon and maintain your firefighter or EMS certification,” Haas said. “He’s just a young kid who did something stupid.”

Haas could not be reached Wednesday to confirm whether Leibsla had been fired.

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.