September 17, 2014

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Alcohol probed in death, teens face charges

WADSWORTH — Three Wadsworth teens have been charged with underage drinking in connection with a gathering at a home earlier this month where a man died.

Nicholas Bursac, 24, of Barberton, was found dead in the basement of 197 Bellmore Court at about 6 a.m. June 3. Wadsworth EMTs had responded to a call that a man was unresponsive.

The cause of death hasn’t been determined, pending a toxicology report from a lab in Summit County.

But Wadsworth Police Lt. Robert Wyrick said alcohol likely played a role in Bursac’s death.

“We don’t know if he had any health issues or any pre-existing conditions that led to his death, but certainly I believe alcohol played a factor in that,” he said.

Wyrick said an investigation indicated Bursac had provided alcohol to two 18-year-olds who were charged last week with underage consumption of alcohol: Erik A. Walter, 292 Tolbert St., and Timothy Chapman, 295 Grandview Ave.

A third 18-year-old, Joshua A. Reese, who lived at the Bellmore Court home where the gathering was held, was charged with permitting underage alcohol consumption.

Wyrick said Reese’s parents were not charged because they were asleep and unaware of the drinking.

Bursac was a graduate of Ohio State University. His parents said he had just been accepted to a government-sponsored computer technology training program and aspired to work as a government IT specialist.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.