June 27, 2016

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Police: Do donuts, face criminal damaging charges

MEDINA — Two men are charged with criminal damaging, accused of turfing the grass in a city park.

Police said Daniel Urban, 25, 1072 Raymond Way, and Nicholas Veres, 24, 2788 Pearl Road, Medina Township, caused damage to the grass while doing “donuts” in a parking lot in Fred Greenwood Park on New Year’s Eve.

Medina police Sgt. Scott Marcum said a resident who lives near the park called about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday to report the men driving recklessly in a parking lot there.

“We couldn’t tell how much damage they did. The whole area was covered in snow Wednesday morning,” he said. “The city will ask for restitution.”

Criminal damaging is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $750 fine.

Police said the men denied involvement in three other incidents of damage caused by “turfing” in city parks last month. Deep, muddy ruts were found at Reagan Park on Dec. 9, Fred Greenwood Park on Dec. 12 and Ken Cleveland Park on Dec. 18.

Police assigned extra patrols to the parks to deter vandals and Service Director Nino Piccoli said he’s looking into security cameras for the parks as well.

Piccoli said the thrill-seekers usually get caught when their vehicles get stuck.

He said the damaged areas will be repaired in the spring.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.