September 22, 2014

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Homeless man indicted in stabbing incident

Karl Phelps

MEDINA — A homeless man was indicted by a grand jury last week, accused of stabbing a 31-year-old man at an illegal campsite in the woods near Brunswick Lake.

Karl M. Phelps is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.

He’s accused of stabbing an acquaintance in the chest with the knife part of a multifunction tool.

Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar said as far as police could tell, the stabbing was the result of an argument.

“Mr. Phelps has exercised his right not to talk,” Solar said, “so that’s all we know.”

Police arrested Phelps, 27, on Sept. 4 after a four-hour manhunt.

Phelps was camping on city property without permission, police said. They said a friend of Phelps, 31-year-old Joshua James, helped him pack up the campsite and was charged with evidence tampering.

Phelps is set for arraignment today before Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

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

Among other grand jury indictments:

Brandon Price

• Brandon Price, 26, of 2010 George Drive, Brunswick was arrested earlier this month. He was indicted on five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, second-degree felonies punishable by up to eight years in prison.

When was he was arrested, police said Price was living with his mother, who ran an unlicensed day care out of their home.

Price is set for arraignment in Kimbler’s court today.

He’s being held at the county jail on $100,000 bond.

• A 20-year-old man who was arrested while free on bond was indicted on a burglary charge.

Mitchell A. Messer is accused of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. In the other case, Messer was charged with having weapons illegally, which was pleaded down to a misdemeanor last month.

He’s being held at the county jail with his bond revoked.

He pleaded not guilty to burglary before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on Monday. His trial was scheduled for Nov. 12.

At least six other people were indicted:

• Justin P. Duncan was charged with illegal assembly of drugs, a second-degree felony.

• David M. Jimison Jr. was charged with failure to comply with an officer’s signal, a third-degree felony.

• Miles C. Wilmington was charged with assaulting a police officer, a fourth-degree felony.

• Darrell G. Baskerville was charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony because he had prior convictions.

• Zachary T. Belford was charged with marijuana trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.

• Jennifer N. Neuendorff was charged with marijuana trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.

The grand jury meets to issue indictments every other week. Its next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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