October 25, 2014

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Man indicted in burglarly spree

Brandon Ball

MEDINA — A Medina County grand jury indicted a 23-year-old Wadsworth man Wednesday in connection with a rash of burglaries throughout his city earlier this month.

Brandon T. Ball, of 210 Knollwood Drive, is charged with seven counts of burglary, second-degree felonies punishable by up to eight years in prison each, and a count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, which carries a penalty of up to a year.

Residents near Valley View Elementary School reported break-ins to Wadsworth police at the start of the month.

Police arrested Ball on Aug. 9 after executing a search warrant at his home. Many items people had reported stolen were recovered from his home, police said.

Ball is being held at the county jail on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond and his case will be heard by Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

He has no previous felony record in the county.

He and six other people indicted by a grand jury will enter pleas in the coming weeks:

Adam Strader

Michael Leskin

• Two men arrested by the county Drug Task Force for allegedly making methamphetamine face felony charges.

Adam Strader, 28, of Cleveland, and Michael Leskin, 41, of 1210 N. Carpenter Road, Brunswick, each is charged with illegal assembly of drugs, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Strader also faces aggravated drug possession charges, which are fifth-degree felonies adding up to two years more if he’s convicted.

Task force Director Gary Hubbard said earlier this month that agents watched the duo for months after receiving a tip that they were cooking meth in Leskin’s house.

Strader was released from the county jail after posting 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. Leskin remains in jail on an identical bond.

Leskin and Strader’s cases will be heard by Collier and county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Neither man has a felony record in Medina or Cuyahoga counties.

• Christopher Pappas, a 34-year-old Parma man arrested two weeks ago after authorities found meth ingredients in his car, is charged with illegal assembly, a third-degree felony. He could face up to three years’ imprisonment if convicted.

Sheriff’s deputies reported they stopped Pappas after finding there were warrants out for his arrest. They said they found several meth ingredients in the car.

Pappas’ case will be heard in Collier’s courtroom, and he is being held on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond in the county jail.

He has no previous felony record in Medina or Cuyahoga counties.

• A 50-year-old Doylestown man is charged with similar methamphetamine offenses.

Charles W. Haren was indicted on illegal assembly, a third-degree felony, and aggravated drug possession, a fifth-degree felony. He could spend up to four years in prison if convicted.

Haren has no felony record in Medina or Wayne counties.

He’s being held at the county jail on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond.

His case will be heard in Collier’s courtroom.

• Two Ashland 29-year-olds face charges accusing them of robbery.

Cristina Wolf and Adam Thornton each is charged with complicity to robbery, a third-degree felony punishable by three or more years in prison.

Both were held at the county jail on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. Wolf has been released on bond.

Thornton has no previous felony record in Medina, but has convictions in Ashland for grand theft, theft, complicity to breaking and entering, burglary, receiving stolen property, evidence tampering and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Wolf has no felony record in either county.

Wolf and Thornton’s cases will be heard by Collier and Kimbler.

A grand jury meets every other week. The next meeting is Sept. 11.

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