July 30, 2014

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Appellate court upholds woman’s conviction for making meth

Sarah Buchanan

MEDINA — An appellate court on Monday affirmed the conviction of a 20-year-old Fairlawn woman who said police improperly arrested her for manufacturing methamphetamine. Sarah B. Buchanan appealed her case to the 9th District Court of Appeals after her May 2013 conviction. She had pleaded no contest to illegal assembly of methamphetamine, aggravated drug possession Read More…

Couple gets prison for burglary spree

MEDINA — A Grafton couple were sent to prison Monday for their involvement in a six-month string of burglaries in Liverpool Township last year. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier sentenced Jerimiah Covey, 36, to 15 years in prison on Monday for 11 counts of burglary, second-degree felonies punishable by up to eight years in Read More…

Brunswick man gets a year in prison for making meth

A Brunswick man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine was sentenced to one year in prison Thursday by Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler. Michael Leskin, 43, of the 1200 block of North Carpenter Road, pleaded no contest to the third-degree felony charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs Read More…

Probation, alcohol monitoring punishment for causing drunken crash

A 33-year-old Medina woman accused of sending a friend to a hospital after drunkenly crashing her vehicle in December, has been placed on three years’ probation. Somsamai Yaskowiak, of the 300 block of Springbrook Drive, pleaded guilty in May to a count of aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony. She faced up to 1½ years Read More…

Sex with teen begets a year in prison for Gloria Glens Park man, 19

Trebor Simon

A 19-year-old Gloria Glens Park man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for having sex with a teenage girl and having a nude photo on his phone of another girl. Trebor Simon, of the first block of Lakefield Lane, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and illegal use of a Read More…

Sharon Twp. man’s bond tripled in case of teenager’s sexual assault

Nicholas Lane

MEDINA — A judge more than tripled the bond of a Sharon Township man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy to $500,000 after a grand jury indicted him on additional charges. Bond was set at $150,000 when Nicholas Lane, 43, of the 7100 block of Boneta Road, was arrested July 1 on a felony Read More…

Township firefighter extradited from Texas in teen sex case

MEDINA — A 22-year-old township firefighter is set for arraignment this morning on charges he had sex with a 15-year-old Medina County teenager in January. James Kuruc, of the 2900 block of Parnham Drive in Montville Township, is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to Read More…

Ex-soldier admits addiction, denies supplying heroin that killed teen

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The 31-year-old woman accused of supplying drugs that killed a 17-year-old Medina High School student last year testified Wednesday about her struggles with heroin addiction that stemmed from injuries sustained while serving in the Army in Iraq. Heather Graham, who lived in Medina when Brittnee Johns was found dead in her family’s home on May Read More…

Medina woman facing trial over teenager’s death from heroin overdose

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Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette A recovering heroin addict is on trial this week, accused of supplying drugs that killed a 17-year-old Medina High School student two days before she was to graduate last year. Heather Graham, 31, of the 200 block of Medina’s Broken Fence Drive, is accused of providing drugs Read More…

Court roundup

Insurance company sues drunken driver MEDINA — An insurance company has sued an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant serving a 15-year prison sentence for killing a 29-year-old man in a drunken-driving crash. Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. is asking Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to award it $105,000 in hospital and medical expenses resulting from Read More…