August 29, 2014

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Relative charged with multiple counts of rape

Timothy Zimmerer

MEDINA — A New Hampshire man pleaded not guilty Monday to raping a young family member at least 16 times between 1999 and 2002.

Timothy S. Zimmerer, of North Conway, was charged by secret indictment in July with nine counts of raping a child under age 13 and seven counts of rape.

Raping a child under age 13 is punishable by life in prison.

Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said the child — who now is 25 — was between 11 and 14 years old at the time and was a family member who lived in Medina. Holman declined to say whether the family member was male or female.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Zimmerer for an Oct. 7 trial.

He’s being held at the county jail on $300,000 bond.

Also in court Monday:

Russell Hammon Jr.

• A 36-year-old Liverpool Township man will spend a year in prison after being convicted of stealing a 1998 Subaru Forester in April.

Russell C. Hammon Jr., 855 Columbia Road, pleaded guilty to a count of grand theft auto, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1½ years in prison.

Hammon changed his plea and was sentenced at the same hearing.

This isn’t Hammon’s first prison sentence.

He was sent to prison via Medina County courts for a year in 1995 for theft and breaking entering, again in 2006 for illegal assembly of drugs, and a third time in 2009 for burglary and theft. In June, he was put on three years’ probation for theft.

• A 20-year-old Wooster man was sentenced to three years probation and required to get his general equivalency diploma after being convicted of stealing credit cards from cars in Wadsworth.

Taylor Lautenschlager was convicted of two counts of credit card theft, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in prison each.

He also was required to pay a total of $1,157 in restitution to the victims.

Lautenschlager was arrested in April after police reported obtaining surveillance tapes showing him using the credit cards, which were stolen from Highland Garden Apartments.

The judge also sentenced him to 124 days in jail, but he had that many days of jail credit.

Lautenschlager has no previous criminal record in Medina County courts.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.