October 20, 2014

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Convicted rapist gets 9 years in prison for abusing teenage babysitter

Patrick Shank

MEDINA — A former Montville Township man serving a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage York Township girl was sentenced Thursday to an additional nine years for raping another county teenager more than 100 times from 2003 to 2005. Patrick J. Shank, 47, formerly of Montville Township, was convicted at a bench trial Read More…

Spencer Twp. family sues over handgun bullet that shattered window

A Spencer Township family whose home was struck by a bullet last year filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing a neighbor of negligence for target-shooting without a proper backstop. The suit was filed in Medina County Common Pleas Court by Andrzej and Elisa Kazek and their daughter, Angela, of the 1300 block of Old Mill Road. Read More…

Common pleas judge allows suit over Medina student’s suicide to proceed

Baab

A Medina County judge Monday declined to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Medina Schools last year by the father of Deven Baab, a 14-year-old student who killed himself in November 2012. In the lawsuit, Richard Baab, of Medina Township, charged his son’s suicide could have been prevented by school officials because four days Read More…

Victim’s sons reflect on verdict in salmonella-tainted food case

Randy, left, and Jeff Napier traveled to Washington, D.C., several times to lobby Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration more power after their mother, Nellie Napier, died at age 80 after eating peanut butter tainted by salmonella. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A federal jury that found a peanut plant owner and two other executives guilty on Friday of shipping salmonella-tainted food never heard testimony that their peanut butter killed nine people. The deaths never were discussed because the defendants were charged only with conspiracy and fraud, federal prosecutors said. The sons of one of the victims, Read More…

Rainbow Bridge Walk honors pets who have passed on with prayer, unity

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When Beth Mercer heard from her veterinarian that there was a local event to help people grieve over pets who have died, she jumped at the chance to attend. “Cooper died suddenly,” she said of her Labrador, who was struck by a vehicle. “He went in the road, which he never does.” Her family — Read More…

Drug sellers could face life for deaths

A former soldier sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for supplying drugs to a Medina teenager could have spent the rest of her life in prison if a bill now under consideration in the Ohio House was a law when 17-year-old Brittnee Johns died of heroin overdose last year. Heather Graham, 31, was convicted Read More…

Medina superintendent stops prayer chain circulating through district

David Knight

MEDINA — Medina Schools Superintendent Dave Knight has put a stop to an email prayer chain circulating between well-intentioned district staff members because he was concerned it might infringe on separation of church and state laws. “I personally believe in the power of prayer, but that happens on my own time with my own resources,” Read More…

Woman gets three years in prison for Medina teen’s fatal overdose

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An opiate-addicted war veteran was sentenced Thursday morning to three years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed a Medina teenager last year. Heather Graham, 31, was found guilty Aug. 5 of corrupting a minor with drugs and complicity and conspiracy to traffic heroin, second- and fifth-degree felonies. She could have received up to Read More…

Medina County clerk of courts requests to have his court records sealed

David Wadsworth

A judge will hear arguments next week on a request from Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth to seal the court records involving accusations he misused public funds during his 2012 election campaign. Wadsworth, 56, of Brunswick, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge last September, but was not sentenced pending completion of a Read More…

Athlete: Lawsuit dropped over backlash on social media

A 2013 Medina High School graduate has withdrawn his federal lawsuit charging he was kicked off the basketball team for comments he made on Twitter. , 19, of Medina, said he dropped his suit because of community reaction on social media. Chase Johanson filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in late August. Read More…