July 2, 2016

Mostly clear

Accused meth cook pleads guilty while another claims innocence

Kyle Roderick

Kyle Roderick

An accused methamphetamine cook who told a judge his case should be dismissed because it’s taken too long to get to trial has pleaded guilty to reduced felony charges.

Kyle Roderick, 31, pleaded guilty Monday to illegal assembly of drugs, a third-degree felony. He faces up to three years in prison at his Aug. 28 sentencing, down from eight years under his original charge.

Roderick, of the 500 block of North Broadway Street in Medina, had asked Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to throw out his charge last month.

He said his former attorney, Ronald Spears, violated his right to speedy trial by waiting 2½ months to recuse himself over a conflict of interest.

Kimbler scheduled Roderick for a Monday hearing on the matter, but Roderick instead accepted a plea deal with prosecutors to reduce his charge.

Roderick was one of six people arrested in connection with a major meth lab at the North Broadway Street home.

The home was raided in February 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.

Three of his co-defendants —36-year-old Kathleen Scrivens, 30-year-old Jennifer Haugen and 33-year-old Vincent Clark — have been sentenced to prison.

Another co-defendant, 43-year-old homeowner Lisbeth Karecki, awaits a July 24 sentencing after pleading guilty to her charges.

The final co-defendant, Jeffrey Rini, awaits a trial that has been delayed due to several handwritten motions by Rini. Rini argues he was not involved in the meth ring and was staying at the house temporarily as a renter when the agents raided it.

All five of Rini’s co-defendants have submitted handwritten affidavits to the court swearing Rini was not involved.

Both Medina County Common Pleas judges — Kimbler and Christopher J. Collier — have recused themselves from the case. It’s instead being heard by Visiting Judge Patrick Kelly.

At a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Kelly denied a motion for a reduction in Rini’s bond and granted leave to Rini’s attorney, Michael Callow, to file more motions.

A trial date for Rini will be scheduled after the motions are resolved.

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.