September 1, 2014

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Family, friends defend man against rape accusations at trial

Patrick Shank

The wife and two children of a former Montville Township man accused of raping the family’s babysitter testified in his defense Wednesday. Patrick Shank, 47, is charged with 12 counts of rape, first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He now is serving six years in prison on a 2012 conviction Read More…

Woman testifies she saw accused rapist sexually abusing her friend

Accused rapist and convicted sex offender Patrick Shank, center, listens as Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler rules to allow testimony from Shank's previous trial in this week's trial. His attorneys, Elizabeth Kelley and Richard Lillie, are also pictured. His third attorney, Gretchen Holderman, is not pictured. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina woman testified Tuesday that she once walked in on a man “raping” her best friend when they were teenagers. She identified the man as Patrick Shank, 47, who is on trial on 12 counts of rape. If convicted, he could face up to 11 years in prison on each first-degree felony count. Shank Read More…

‘He took my virginity,’ Medina woman says of man facing rape charges

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A Montville Township woman testified Monday that a convicted sex offender raped her more than 100 times over a two-year period when she was 13 to 15 years old. Patrick Shank, 47, is serving a six-year prison sentence at Belmont Correctional Institution after being convicted in October 2012 of two counts of sexual battery and Read More…

Family who lost husband, father gives thanks for overwhelming support

Michelle Radke and her four children: from left, Hannah, 16, Isaac, 8, Owen, 11 and Brynn, 14. Husband and father Peter Radke died in May while trying to rescue a teenager in Lake Erie. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Michelle Radke says it’s difficult to adequately express her gratitude for the support her family has received following the death of her husband, who drowned 2½ months ago while trying to rescue a teenage girl in Lake Erie. “There are no words to thank everyone,” said Radke, of Medina Township. “We’re still getting cards in Read More…

Patrol: Sun glare a factor in SUV crash seriously injuring pedestrian

Sun glare contributed to an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian Wednesday evening in Granger Township, according to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Trooper Steven Robison said the driver, township resident Betty Hodgson, reached for her SUV’s visor at about 7:30 p.m. because the sun was bright — and that’s when she Read More…

‘Funky Winkerbean’ comic creator contributes to anti-bullying campaign

Tom Batiuk, creator of the "Funky Winkerbean" and "Crankshaft" comic strips, holds up a strip set for publication in September 2015. The strip showcases characters Owen and Cody, who are now seniors in high school, deciding they're not cut out to bully freshmen like the seniors bullied them. Batiuk contributed to a compilation of anti-bullying comic strips titled Bullying Is No Laughing Matter, which is available now. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

When nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip writer Tom Batiuk was in grade school, he once saw a girl bullied by his peers and did nothing. The memory has stuck with him and will be echoed in a “Funky Winkerbean” storyline next year. “My whole life, I’ve thought what it’s like to be that person,” Batiuk Read More…

Man, 60, accused of raping three teenagers over a year

Gary Royer

A 60-year-old Litchfield Township man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting three teenagers last year. A Medina County grand jury indicted Gary Royer, of the 9200 block of Norwalk Road, in July on seven counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges are first- and fourth-degree felonies. If convicted, Royer Read More…

Judge to decide in case of minimart armed robbery: Prank or crime?

Anthony Vandal

A Brunswick man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint is arguing at his trial that he only was playing a prank on a friend who was working as a store clerk. Anthony Vandal, 25, of the 4200 block of Beverly Hills Drive, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up Read More…

North Carolina DA’s death delays trial of Ashland man on murder charge

Nathan Summerfield

A trial date has yet to be set for an accused killer who was arrested at a Wadsworth motel two years ago by U.S. marshals. Nathan Summerfield, 29, of Ashland, is accused of strangling and stabbing his girlfriend, 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer, while they and her children, ages 13 and 3, were vacationing in North Carolina’s Read More…

Brunswick man who killed family, burned down home is denied parole

Michael Swihart

A convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison for clubbing his family to death and burning down their Brunswick home in 1977 once again has been denied parole. Michael Swihart, who was 18 in 1977, was convicted the following year of aggravated arson, the aggravated murder of his 9-year-old brother and the murders of his Read More…