July 23, 2016

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Medina woman collects another felony charge

MEDINA — A 32-year-old Fairlawn woman faces her sixth felony case since 2000 — this time she’s charged with robbery.

A Medina County grand jury indicted Jennifer L. Edwards on Wednesday on a robbery count, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.

She’s accused of robbing an 82-year-old Granger Township woman at the elderly woman’s home just after 3 p.m. July 8.

Edwards has another pending case in which she’s charged with heroin possession, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

In Medina and Summit counties, she was convicted of heroin possession in 2000 and 2012, theft from the elderly in 2008 and 2009, and misuse of credit cards in 2009.

Edwards will enter a plea Monday in county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier’s courtroom.

Her heroin possession case is scheduled for Sept. 23, also in Collier’s courtroom.

Four other people were indicted Wednesday:

• A 35-year-old Stow man accused of leading a police chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph was charged with evidence tampering in the same case.

Jason E. Tyndall already faced a count of failing to obey police. The two charges are third-degree felonies, punishable by up to a total six years in prison.

According to reports, Tyndall was pulled over April 4 because his license was suspended.

A sheriff’s deputy reported he noticed a black revolver speed loader and pistol grip in the vehicle and asked whether Tyndall had a firearm in the vehicle.

Tyndall said he did and then sped away, the deputy reported.

The chase reached speeds of 95 to 100 mph, police said, and Tyndall was stopped by spike strips 22 miles later.

No gun was found in the vehicle and deputies said Tyndall denied having one there once the chase was complete.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said the evidence Tyndall tampered with was gun-related, but declined to elaborate.

Tyndall will enter a plea on the evidence count Aug. 15. He pleaded not guilty to the original charge May 23.

• A 31-year-old Cleveland man was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony.

Arthur C. Morris could face up to eight years in prison if convicted.

Morris has appeared three times in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on charges of burglary, theft and vandalism since 2000. In 2001, his charges included carrying a weapon while committing crimes.

He has no previous felony record in Medina County.

Morris will enter a plea in county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler’s courtroom on Thursday.

• A 25-year-old Cleveland man was charged with burglary, a third-degree felony.

Brian A. Deditch could spend up to three years in prison if convicted.

Deditch also is facing a charge of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, in county courts.

He has no record in Cuyahoga County courts.

Deditch will enter a plea in Collier’s court Monday.

• A 43-year-old Brunswick Hills Township man is accused of passing bad checks.

The charge against Michael V. Crossman, of 5220 Boston Road, is a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Crossman has no previous record in county courts.

Crossman will enter a plea Aug. 8 in Kimbler’s court.

A grand jury convenes every other Wednesday. The next meeting will be July 31.

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.