December 21, 2014

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Accused meth-maker a no-show in court

MEDINA — An accused methamphetamine manufacturer failed to show up for a change-of-plea hearing Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Adam J. Strader, 28, of Cleveland, was scheduled to change his plea from not guilty on charges of illegal assembly of methamphetamine and counts of aggravated methamphetamine and oxycodone possession. The charges are third- and fifth-degree felonies punishable by three or more years in prison.

Judge James L. Kimbler told Nathaniel Powell, Strader’s attorney, who was present for the hearing, that he would issue a warrant for Strader’s arrest if he doesn’t show up for a hearing today.

Strader is free on bond.

The man’s charges stem from an August raid at the home of Strader’s co-defendant, Michael Leskin, 41, of 1210 N. Carpenter Road, Brunswick.

Medina County Drug Task Force agents reported they watched the home for months after receiving a tip that Strader and Leskin were cooking meth inside.

Leskin also is charged with illegal assembly of methamphetamine. He awaits a March 18 trial in Kimbler’s court.

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