October 7, 2015

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Prosecutors ask judge to deny request to reduce Eric Warfel’s $1 million bond

Eric Warfel

Prosecutors argue a $1 million bond should keep Eric Warfel in the Medina County Jail at least until a cause of death has been determined for his 20-month-old daughter, who was found dead in July. Warfel’s attorney last week asked Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier — who previously denied a motion to reduce bond Read More…

Chelsea Cares blankets offer love and comfort to sick children, families

Betty Platner poses with pillows and crafting materials in the basement of her Montville Township home, where she stores hundreds of blankets and pillowcases that will be donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's Hospital. Platner and her family have since 2007 led a nonprofit organization that donates the items. (NICK GLUNT /GAZETTE)

Since 2007, more than 10,000 sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital have received homemade blankets and pillowcases donated by a local organization. Betty Platner, who helps lead the nonprofit organization, told The Gazette on Sunday that she and her family donate the items out of a sense of empathy. “My granddaughter, when she was 20 Read More…

Highland Community Support Network aids family hit by fire

A Sharon Township family safely escaped a fire at their 5560 Boneta Road home Saturday morning. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A community support group is collecting donations for a family whose home was declared a total loss after a fire Saturday morning. The home, at 5560 Boneta Road in Sharon Township, caught fire Saturday morning and was extinguished by the afternoon. The house, valued at $245,000, is owned by Richard and Connie Pawlak, according to Read More…

Grandfather of child found dead in Medina details Eric Warfel’s past

Eric Warfel

The grandfather of a 20-month-old girl, who in July was discovered dead in her Medina home, has suggested in court documents that “development issues” may have contributed to her death. John Warfel — the father of 34-year-old Eric Warfel, who’s charged with felonies accusing him of failing to report his daughter’s death to authorities — Read More…

Psychiatrist: Lodi man competent to stand trial in arson

Matthew Harris

A psychiatrist has determined a 48-year-old Lodi man charged with burning his mother’s home down earlier this year is competent to stand trial, according to court records. Dr. Michael Biscaro, a psychiatrist for Akron Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic, filed an opinion with Medina County Common Pleas Court last week. Biscaro said Matthew Harris was competent to stand Read More…

No felony charges for shots fired into Montville Twp. home in June

A Montville Township police officer examines the point at which a bullet grazed a home on Parnham Drive earlier this month. (FILE PHOTO)

Felony charges will not be filed against a group of target-shooters accused of accidentally hitting a house in Montville Township in June. Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Tuesday he was not confident the incident rose to the level of felony charges. “The police worked hard on this case and did a diligent investigation,” Holman Read More…

Brunswick Hills Twp. woman admits in court to stealing $190,000

Julie Beeching listens as her former employer, Ron Bammerlin, tells a judge how his Montville Township business was affected after Beeching stole from him over a six-year period. At left is Beeching’s attorney, Ron Spears. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina County judge ordered a Brunswick Hills Township woman on Monday to pay back more than $190,000 she admitted to stealing from her former employer. Julie Beeching, 48, of the 4700 block of Grafton Road, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Eric Warfel’s attorney: What was grand jury told by prosecutors?

Eric Warfel listens to proceedings in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A defense attorney Monday asked a Medina County judge Monday to examine confidential grand jury transcripts to determine whether prosecutors used “mistaken” information to indict Eric Warfel. Warfel, 34, of Medina, is accused of hiding his toddler’s death from doctors, family and police. His failure to report the death of Ember, 20 months, resulted in Read More…

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…