June 29, 2016

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Accused meth maker says his rights were violated, asks for dismissal

MEDINA — A 31-year-old resident charged in a methamphetamine lab case in February has filed to have his case dismissed, claiming his right to a speedy trial was violated.

Kyle Roderick, of the 500 block of North Broadway Street, made his case in a handwritten motion last week.

Kyle Roderick

Kyle Roderick

Roderick — who faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on charges of illegal assembly of methamphetamine — accused Akron attorney Ronald Spears, who was appointed to represent Roderick on March 6, of needlessly delaying his trial for two months before abandoning the case.

Roderick was scheduled for a May 12 trial when Spears was appointed, but Spears motioned to withdraw from the case on April 23 after realizing he had a conflict of interest with one of his client’s co-defendants and a witness who was scheduled to testify.

In his motion, Roderick said Spears didn’t inform him of his recusal until May 7 — five days before his trial was scheduled to begin. He said Spears’ failure put him in jail more than 100 days without appropriate representation.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler scheduled Roderick for a July 10 hearing on the matter.

Kimbler has appointed Medina attorney Bob Campbell as Spears’ replacement. Spears did not return a call for comment, and Campbell declined to comment.

Roderick was arrested Feb. 12 after his North Broadway Street home was raided by agents of the Medina County Drug Task Force, who reported they found eight recently used portable meth labs and various chemicals used in the drug’s manufacture.

Two children, ages 1 and 13, were living at the home at the time.

Five people were arrested following the raid: Roderick; homeowner Lisbeth Karecki, 43; Kathleen Scrivens, 36; Jennifer Haugen, 30; and Vincent Clark, 33.

Scrivens and Haugen were sentenced to three years in prison for their involvement, and Clark was sentenced to four years. Karecki has pleaded guilty to illegal assembly of meth and awaits a July 24 sentencing.

Roderick and Clark initially were arrested on warrants charging them with the unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medication that’s used as the main chemical in meth.

Ohio law prohibits how much pseudoephedrine a person can purchase. Police and pharmacies monitor buyers of the drug.

When police went to the home to arrest the men after receiving an anonymous tip, they said they found Karecki and Scrivens also had warrants for their arrests.

Agents said they found drug paraphernalia and immediately obtained a search warrant. While serving the warrant, they found five portable meth labs in a bedroom and three more in a garage. Drugs and meth-making chemicals were found with the help of a Montville K-9 unit.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.