July 24, 2016

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Grand jury indicts Bronson Street occupant on charge of allowing drugs

David Reed

David Reed

A Bronson Street resident being sued by the city has been indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of permitting drug abuse.

David Reed, 53, of 416 Bronson St., Medina, was indicted this week by a grand jury on the charge, a fifth-degree felony.

Prosecutor Dean Holman said he would present the case to a Medina County grand jury after Medina Municipal Judge Dale Chase dismissed the same charge in Medina Municipal Court. Chase wrote in his rule that there was “no probable cause to support the charge.”

Reed was arrested on the charge on Aug. 8 after police said undercover agents from the Medina County Task Force witnessed a drug transaction on the property involving Curtis Debose.

Debose, 24, was arrested for trafficking heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and Reed told the Gazette last week that he told his friends they were not permitted to use or sell drugs on his property.

“I know they sell drugs, but this is not the place they can be doing that,” he said.

The city filed a lawsuit in March that would label Reed’s home, owned by his brother, Edward Reed, as a “nuisance” because “illegal drug activity at the premises has created a hazard to the community and a nuisance.”

Reed served time in prison for trafficking in heroin and was released from prison in 2012. He has told the Gazette he no longer uses drugs and is trying to put his life back together.

I have worked so hard to turn my life around,” he said. “I don’t want to see that all my efforts have been in vain.”

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