February 6, 2016

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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…

UPDATES: Two dead in Hinckley Township shooting; housemate charged

A 42-year-old man was charged Friday with the shooting deaths of two of his housemates, police said. Dean Simms, 42, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder after Cindy Gesaman, 52, and Randy Szychowicz, 45, were found dead in their Hinckley Township home Friday morning, according to Hinckley police. Hinckley police and Brunswick police Read More…

2 hires by Medina Police fail to alleviate dearth of diversity

The Medina Police Department has hired two new officers. Andrew Dziak was hired Jan. 20. Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said the second officer, Michael Googe, will be starting at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy. “(Googe) needs to go to basic training,” Berarducci said. “We start them down there. That’s the police academy for us.” Dziak Read More…

Ferguson residents get say on police settlement; first public meeting tonight

FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say. The first of three public meetings on the proposed consent Read More…

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Police re-evaluating use of force policies amid national scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden County, New Jersey, officers Read More…

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Budding legal minds take part in Mock Trial competition

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Hannah Smith, a junior at Buckeye High School, played the role of a bailiff Friday in the Ohio Mock Trial competition held at Medina County Courthouse.

The audience may have thought some of the budding “lawyers” participating on Friday in the 33rd annual Ohio Mock Trial competition were real litigators. “I’ve seen some presentations that you would have sworn the kids were attorneys,” Revere High School legal adviser Tom Kelley said. “Some of the kids have performed better than some attorneys Read More…

Man pleads not guilty to making meth

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Jerry Canfield, 36, of Medina, appears Thursday in a video in Medina County Common Pleas Court next to his attorney Richard Barbera and Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. Canfield, accused of having a 2-year-old child in his apartment where he was manufacturing methamphetamine with the child’s mother, plead not guilty.

A Medina man accused of having a 2-year-old in his apartment where he and the child’s mother were manufacturing methamphetamine pleaded not guilty Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. The Medina County Drug Task Force said Jerry Canfield, 36, wasn’t at Liberty Plaza Apartments, 253 Abbeyville Road, when his home was raided Jan. 6. Read More…

Woman gets 6 months in jail for beating 5-year-old

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Krysta A. McBride, 25, of Wadsworth, stands next to her lawyer David McArtor, of Medina, during her sentencing Thursday morning on child endangering charges. She was accused of beating her 5-year-old step-son. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler sentenced McBride to 180 days in jail and three years of probation with psychological treatment.

A Wadsworth woman was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for beating her 5-year-old stepson with a belt last year. Krysta A. McBride, 25, was charged May with two counts of child endangering, after beating her stepson in March. McBride pleaded not guilty in June and changed her plea to no contest in December. Read More…

AP review: Connecticut police more likely to use stun guns on blacks, Hispanics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Officers in Connecticut last year fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than at white suspects, and warned but didn’t fire at white suspects at a higher rate than they did blacks or Hispanics, according to preliminary data from the nation’s first statewide accounting of the weapons’ use Read More…

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Conference set for Feb. 24 in dead-toddler case

A status conference has been scheduled in the criminal case of a Medina man accused of leaving his 20-month-old daughter’s body in a crib for more than a month. Attorneys in the case of Eric Warfel, along with the county prosecutor and Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier will meet at 1 p.m. Read More…