August 29, 2015

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Scam lands Brunswick man in prison, ordered to pay back $1.1 million

Dennis Flood

A Brunswick man will spend eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court that he defrauded 45 elderly people in Ohio and Pennsyl­vania out of more than $1 million. Dennis Flood, 64, also was ordered Wednesday to pay back what he stole — a total of $1,153,163.77. Officials Read More…

Judge won’t dismiss capital charges against man accused of murder

Jimmy Tench

A Medina County judge on Tuesday denied a motion to have capital charges dismissed against a Brunswick man accused of murder. Defense attorneys Kerry O’Brien and Rhonda Kotnik alleged in December that the death penalty is unconstitutional and violates international law. Their client, James “Jimmy” D. Tench, is accused of killing his mother, Mary Tench, Read More…

Lawsuit filed against Jon Husted over Medina County charter ballot issue

Jon Husted

A Medina County environmental organization Wednesday sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted after he threw out a fall ballot issue last week that would have placed restrictions on oil and gas projects within county lines. Sustainable Medina County was joined in its lawsuit by residents of Athens and Fulton counties, who had similar Nov. Read More…

Sheriff: $15K in music equipment stolen from Sharon Twp. church

Andrew Bonarrigo

A Sharon Township man allegedly stole more than $15,000 in music equipment from a church in broad daylight. Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, said it appeared Andrew Bonarrigo, 32, was staking out a second church in Norton shortly before he was arrested Wednesday. “He was confronted by the some of Read More…

Speedway gas station robber sentenced to six years in prison

Jarrod Kallis

A Granger Township man will spend six years in prison for robbing a gas station in Wadsworth in March while armed with what appeared to be a rifle. The robbery was captured on surveillance footage, which was published on the Wadsworth Police Department’s Facebook page and in local media. Police credited the identification of the Read More…

Eric Warfel denied bond reduction, must get psych eval

Eric Warfel, 34, of Medina, listens to arguments Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina father accused of leaving his daughter’s body in her crib for six weeks after she died will remain in the Medina County Jail until he completes a psychological evaluation. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ruled Monday that Eric Warfel, 34, can ask again to have his bond reduced after he’s evaluated. Warfel Read More…

Police: Approval of marijuana initiative could increase heroin abuse

Medina County law enforcement officials say a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use in Ohio would cause more harm than good. The measure was verified this week to appear on the ballot in November after ResponsibleOhio, a pro-legalization activist group, collected signatures from 320,267 registered Ohio voters — 14,676 more than Read More…

Attorney: Medina man didn’t use trash to conceal smell of daughter’s body

Eric Warfel

Police and prosecutors might have erred in reporting a Medina father put trash in his dead toddler’s room to hide the smell of her decomposing body, according to court documents expected to be filed today. Eric Warfel, 34, is accused in Medina County Common Pleas Court of failing to tell family, friends, police and medical Read More…

Medina man enters insanity plea in case of toddler’s body found in crib

Eric Warfel

The Medina father charged with leaving his toddler in her crib for more than a month after she died entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Monday morning. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ordered 34-year-old Eric Warfel to undergo psychological evaluation. Warfel’s trial tentatively is set for November. Warfel Read More…

Medina County Fair attendance hits 80,000 despite Little Big Town cancellation (PHOTOS)

Food stands were bustling with customers at the Medina County Fair on Sunday afternoon, the final day of fair week. Fair officials say they expect more than 80,000 people attended the fair this year. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Fair officials expect that more than 80,000 people attended the Medina County Fair this year, matching or possibly surpassing last year’s numbers despite a major entertainment hiccup. The fair’s headliner act, country music band Little Big Town, canceled its performance a week before the fair opened. The band was scheduled to perform Thursday night, but Read More…