June 30, 2016

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Man cites drug use for stealing checks

Adam Knight

MEDINA — A 22-year-old Wellington man pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen checks.

Adam R. Knight was indicted in March on two counts of receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in prison each.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier will sentence Knight on Sept. 23.

Knight said the checks belonged to his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Smith.

Collier asked why he had them.

“I was using drugs really heavy at the time, and I needed money,” Knight said.

Collier questioned Knight over the last time he used drugs, and Knight maintained he hadn’t used since February. Despite that, the judge placed Knight on a drug-monitoring program.

Knight has another trial pending in Medina County Common Pleas Court— this one for aggravated drug trafficking, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The trial is set for Sept. 16.

He also faces a Nov. 5 trial in Lorain County, where he’s charged with drug possession, driving under suspension and possessing drug paraphernalia. The charges are a fifth-degree felony and two misdemeanors.

Earlier this year, Knight was convicted in Medina County of domestic violence. The charge was a fourth-degree felony because he has prior convictions, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal. [br]

Also in court Monday:

Jason Young

• A 32-year-old Northfield man was convicted of using a Social Security number belonging to his ex-girlfriend’s sister in order to take out student loans at the University of Akron.

Jason E. Young pleaded guilty to attempted identity fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by six months in the county jail. His original charge was a fifth-degree felony.

Young’s attorney, Paul Grant, told the judge his client used the personal information with the permission of the ex-girlfriend’s sister.

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said Young did not have permission.

The judge said he wasn’t comfortable sentencing Young if the attorneys couldn’t agree on the facts.

“I’m going to order a pre-sentence investigation so we can get a victim impact statement,” he said.

Young is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 23. [br]

Amanda Geiger

• A 25-year-old North Olmsted woman failed to show up for a sentencing hearing — getting her a second warrant out for her arrest in the same court case.

Amanda J. Geiger is charged with misuse of credit cards, a fifth-degree felony.

She was free on a personal recognizance bond. Her first warrant was issued July 24.

Geiger has no previous record in Medina or Cuyahoga common pleas courts. [br]

Gerald Matos

• A 28-year-old Puerto Rican man was scheduled for an extradition hearing in two weeks.

Gerald Matos was arrested on a warrant out of his home country. Sheriff’s deputies said he was wanted on a 2005 charge of deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Matos is being held at the county jail for violating probation by possessing dangerous drugs.

The judge gave Matos the choice between defending himself at a hearing and admitting he’s the right person wanted by Puerto Rican officials.

Matos waived his rights to a hearing.

Collier said if officials don’t pick up Matos by Aug. 26, he’ll order a hearing to set bond. [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.