July 25, 2016

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Strongsville man, 25, pleads not guilty to rape

Christopher Willard

MEDINA — A 25-year-old Strongsville man pleaded not guilty Thursday to raping a Brunswick woman in April.

Christopher T. Willard is charged with two counts of rape, first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler scheduled Willard’s trial for Aug. 5.

Kimbler ordered Willard to not have contact with the alleged victim or a possible co-defendant, who’s not yet been charged.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman declined to explain how the second person may have been involved.

Willard is being held at the county jail on $80,000 bond. [br]

Also in court Thursday

Daniel Gibbons

Daniel J. Gibbons, 21, of Willoughby, pleaded not guilty to breaking into a Medina parking lot and trying to steal a 2000 Plymouth Voyager in December.

Gibbons is charged with attempted grand theft auto and breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies.

He is being held at the Lorain Correctional Institution on a receiving stolen property conviction out of Lake County.

His trial date was set for July 24.[br]

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.