November 25, 2014

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Ex-teacher pleads not guilty to permitting pot grow-op

Katie Hill-Asaro

Vito Asaro

MEDINA — A former Claggett Middle School teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court to allowing her husband to grow marijuana in their Litchfield Township home.

Katie Hill-Asaro, 27, is scheduled for a Dec. 10 trial before Judge James L. Kimbler.

She is charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Hill-Asaro’s husband, Vito Asaro, 33, pleaded not guilty last week to illegally cultivating marijuana and trafficking in the drug, which also are fifth-degree felonies.

Hill-Asaro resigned from her teaching position earlier this month.

Also in court Thursday:

A 28-year-old Cleveland man accused of making methamphetamine pleaded not guilty.

Adam Strader is charged with illegally assembling drugs, a third-degree felony, along with two counts of aggravated drug possession, fifth-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face five years in prison.

Strader and his friend, Michael Leskin, 41, of 1210 N. Carpenter Road, Brunswick, were arrested after county Drug Task Force agents watched them for months.