June 29, 2016

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‘Broken windows’ push nets arrests in Medina

Police arrested two Medina men Tuesday after Medina County Drug Task Force agents observed suspicious activity in the area of Bronson and North Huntington streets.

Agents contacted police on patrol who were able to stop a car occupied by the two Medina men. During a search of the car, crack cocaine was found, according to a news release from the drug task force.

Jeimil Henderson, 22, of the 700 block of North Broadway Street, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, a second-degree felony. More charges are pending, according to the release.

Mark Hoisington, 32, of the 200 block of North Jefferson Street, was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Henderson has a history of drug convictions in Medina County, according to common pleas court records.

A third man in the car was taken into custody and later released with charges pending, the release said.

Drug task force Director Gary Hubbard said the arrests were made in cooperation with Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci’s “broken windows” campaign to eradicate heroin and other hard drugs from the streets. The “broken windows” idea is that aggressively enforcing building codes, litter and trespassing laws and other quality-of-life regulations reduces more serious crimes.

“Undercover agents are routinely watching the area of Bronson Street and Union Square,” he said.

Henderson and Hoisington were taken to the Medina County Jail. Hoisington is free on bond and Henderson is being held on $200,000 bond, 10 percent.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.