September 21, 2014

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Brunswick man charged with killing his mother could face death penalty

James Tench

A 28-year-old Brunswick man could face the death penalty on charges he killed his mother last November. A Medina County grand jury has indicted James Tench on charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and evidence tampering. According to the Aug. 14 secret indictment, he’s accused of killing his mother, Mary Tench, on Nov. Read More…

Defendant changes plea in Union Square shooting after day of testimony

Gregory Prince

The trial of a Cleveland Heights man accused of shooting a Wellington man at Union Square apartments ended abruptly Tuesday with a no-contest plea. Gregory Prince, 22, changed his plea at the end of the first day of testimony. In opening arguments Tuesday morning, his attorney had argued his client shot the man because Prince Read More…

Montville Twp. man guilty of repeatedly raping teenage babysitter

Patrick Shank

MEDINA — A judge found a former Montville Township man guilty Monday morning of raping the family babysitter more than 100 times from 2003 to 2005. Patrick Shank, 47, was charged with 12 counts of rape, first-degree felonies. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler found Shank guilty on three counts of rape and Read More…

Children use Lego blocks to build skills in math, science


Dozens of young engineers in the making got to try their hands at building whatever they could imagine Sunday with an unlimited supply of Legos, the colorful construction toys from Denmark. The event wasn’t all fun and games. Shannon Simmons, director of Medina’s franchise of Bricks 4 Kidz, said the goal of the program is Read More…

International Fest draws 15,000 to Medina’s Public Square


The International Fest held on to the title of Medina’s biggest single-day event of the year. The Saturday festival, which ran 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and celebrated international culture with music, food and activities, drew about 15,000 visitors to the square, organizers said. “I think attendance was down a little bit from last year, Read More…

Chippewa resident is Gardener of the Year


Decades of gardening paid off for a Chippewa Lake woman, who has been named Gardener of the Year by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Gisela Mattingly was awarded the title this month in recognition of her self-taught skills in gardening. “I was stunned,” Mattingly said. “I’m the president of a local garden club and Read More…

Judge to decide case of man accused of raping teen more than 100 times

Defense attorney Elizabeth Kelley delivers her closing arguments Thursday. Also pictured, from left, are Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury, Montville police Detective Angela Vivo, defendant Patrick Shank and his other defense attorneys, Richard Lillie and Gretchen Holderman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Attorneys in the rape trial of a former Montville Township man presented their closing arguments Thursday, with the defense saying the allegations “don’t add up” and the prosecution pointing out similarities to a 2012 case in which 47-year-old Patrick Shank was convicted. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will announce his Read More…

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


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…