July 23, 2016

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Judge postpones arson, robbery trials

MEDINA — Two cases before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier were postponed Wednesday.

• A 58-year-old Creston woman accused of burning down her former Wadsworth home in October now is scheduled for a Sept. 3 trial.

Jill I. Tucker, formerly of South Pardee Street, pleaded not guilty in June to aggravated arson, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

The blaze at Tucker’s home took five hours and four fire departments to extinguish.

Tucker has been free on 10 percent of a $250,000 bond since June 24.

• A 26-year-old Medina man who eluded police for two months is scheduled for an Aug. 26 trial.

Michael D. Basford, of 1166 Lafayette Road, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery, also a first-degree felony.

Basford is accused of breaking into a Lodi apartment and attacking the occupant in March.

He was indicted in April, and avoided police capture until late June.

Basford is being held at the county jail on $100,000 bond.

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.