September 3, 2015

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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…

Grand jury indicts dad in case of toddler’s body found in crib

Eric Warfel

The attorney for a Medina father accused of hiding his toddler’s decomposing body from the public for more than a month says there’s more to the case than what has been reported. Attorney Michael O’Shea, based in Rocky River, declined Thursday to elaborate about the case, but he insisted his client, 34-year-old Eric Warfel, is Read More…

NEXUS pipeline’s lawsuit expands to 98 Medina County landowners

More than 50 people attended a hearing Monday afternoon in Medina County Common Pleas Court where NEXUS Gas Transmission sought a restraining order against three defendants seeking to gain access to private land for survey purposes. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A Texas-based energy company plans to amend its lawsuit against four Medina County residents to include 94 more property owners, according to court documents. Developers of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline, which is planned by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., announced its plans in a Medina County Common Pleas Court filing. Common Pleas Judge Christopher Read More…

Despite ban, poultry still has a place at fair

Rhonda Miglets and her mother, Bonnie Hamrick, examine informative posters about chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys at the Medina County Fair on Tuesday. Poultry was banned from Ohio fairs this year to reduce the chance of bird flu spreading to the state. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Kids in 4-H programs were not permitted to show their chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks at the Medina County Fair this year — but that didn’t mean they didn’t raise the animals. Mandy Cahoon, Junior Fair Poultry Committee chair, said more than 200 students raised birds this year but were not allowed to show them Read More…

Sharon Twp. man sentenced to 12 years in sex case

Nicholas Lane

A 44-year-old Sharon Township man will spend 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting three teenagers. Nicholas Lane, of the 7100 block of Boneta Road, was charged with 27 counts of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. The victims — two boys and a girl — were between 13 and 15 years old. Lane Read More…

Vigil planned to remember toddler found dead in Medina apartment

In a video posted by Eric Warfel on his Facebook profile page, he pushes his daughter, Ember Warfel, on a swing in April. The girl was found dead on Thursday in her crib, where Warfel reportedly told police she had been since June. Warfel faces felony charges as a result. (SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK)

A group of Medina and Brunswick parents are hosting a vigil on Sunday evening to remember the life of Ember Warfel, a 20-month-old girl who was discovered dead in her crib in an empty Medina apartment on Wednesday morning. Ember’s father, 35-year-old Eric Warfel, is charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, in Read More…

Prosecutors: Medina dad used trash to conceal smell of daughter’s corpse

A memorial of flowers and children's toys sits on the doorstep of Eric Warfel's apartment building in Medina. Warfel faces felony charges after his almost-2-year-old daughter was found dead in the apartment on Wednesday. Reports indicate she may have been there since June. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina man facing felony charges in his 20-month-old daughter’s death told police she died in her crib last month and he had been putting trash in her room to conceal the smell ever since. The revelations came in Medina Municipal Court on Thursday morning, where Warfel appeared via video from the Medina County Jail Read More…

County auditor asks federal judge to dismiss former employee’s lawsuit

Mike Kovack and Annette Ehrlich

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack has asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee, who alleges Kovack fired her in retaliation for telling police that he misused public funds. Annette Ehrlich, Kovack’s former information technology manager, argues in Read More…