July 26, 2014

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Radio host Rizzo gets probation, time served for reduced domestic violence case

MEDINA — A Cleveland radio host was sentenced to two years of probation Monday after pleading no contest to a disorderly conduct charge following an incident where police were called to his Medina home in December.

Tony Rizzo, 52, host of “The Really Big Show” on WKNR-AM, was arrested on Dec. 6 at his home in the 1000 block of Sugarhouse Lane.

Tony Rizzo

Tony Rizzo

Prosecutors said one of the reasons they accepted the deal was because Rizzo’s wife wanted police to drop the charges and changed her story during a follow-up interview with police.

His wife had called police from a locked bathroom and said her husband had choked her.

“My husband is hurting me, and he’s very irate and I’m very scared,” she told the dispatcher in a 911 call released by Medina police in December.

He was charged with domestic violence. But the charge was reduced last month to persistent disorderly conduct, fourth degree misdemeanor, after prosecutors reached a plea bargain in exchange for a plea of no contest.

Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase sentenced Rizzo to 30 days in jail, but suspended 27 of the days and credited him for the three days he served in jail after his arrest. The judge also placed Rizzo on probation for two years and fined him $250.

The maximum punishment for a fourth-degree misdemeanor is 30 days in jail, house arrest, probation or counseling.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.