May 4, 2016

Medina
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Man found guilty in Lodi arson

A Lodi man who started a fire at his mother’s home was found guilty after a three-day jury trial, which a defense attorney described as “a battle of the experts.” Matthew J. Harris, 49, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of aggravated arson, first-degree felonies. He faces a maximum of  Read More…

Liverpool Township man charged in overdose death

ELYRIA — A Liverpool Township man is facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges stemming from a fatal overdose at a North Ridgeville hotel earlier this year. Kevin Dentz, 34, also is charged with corrupting another with drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said after the victim overdosed on Read More…

Co-defendant’s comments in meth manufacturing case inadmissible as hearsay

Statements made by a woman accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Medina apartment while her 2-year-old child was present will not be admissible in the trial of her co-defendant, a man also accused of making meth. Jerry Canfield, 37, of Medina, was arrested after their unit at Liberty Plaza Apartments, 253 Abbeyville Road, was raided Read More…

Man accused of robbing Lodi convenience store at gunpoint

A man accused of using a pellet gun to steal money and cigarettes from a Lodi convenience store was arrested by police early Friday morning, according to a press release from the Lodi Police Department. Christopher Brezina, 33, of West Salem in Wayne County, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary after he entered Circle Read More…

Tench found guilty of killing his mother in Brunswick

James Tench kept his head down Tuesday afternoon as Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler read the verdicts in his capital murder trial: Guilty on all eight counts. The sentencing phase of the case against Tench, 30, of Brunswick, which will include consideration of the death penalty, will begin April 4. The jury Read More…

Suspected meth lab found in Brunswick

A 36-year-old man was taken into custody for a suspected methamphetamine lab in his Brunswick home Wednesday afternoon, according to the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency. Agents from Medway arrested Jason Cubic, 36, of the 1829 Rocklyn Drive, where agents found items allegedly involved in meth production, a news release said. The house is about 900 Read More…

Attorneys debate allowable evidence before Brunswick murder trial

Attorneys sparred Wednesday over the admission of evidence in an upcoming murder trial, which prosecutors say could explain the motives of a Brunswick man who is charged with killing his mother in 2013. Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman argued that James Tench, 30, stole from his mother by using her credit cards and bank accounts Read More…

Police: Teen using LSD tried to break into Granger Township home

A 16-year-old on LSD ate glass while trying to enter a Granger Township home last weekend, according to police. But the Richfield teen’s father disputes the police’s claims, stating his son was seeking help after a fight with another teen. The father said his son never took LSD or ingested glass. The father’s name is Read More…

Police: Child present during meth lab raid

The Medina County Drug Task Force made two arrests Wednesday afternoon after raiding a Medina apartment that had an alleged methamphetamine lab. Agents said there was a 2-year-old child in the apartment when they arrived. “The thought of a 2-year-old child being subjected to extensive exposure to these types of hazards is unconscionable,” drug task Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Sunday, June 14 2:02 p.m. — 300 block N. Huntington St.; purse reported stolen from inside an unlocked car. Tuesday, June 16 12:15 a.m. — 500 block S. Broadway St.; Jason D. Roberts, 28, Read More…