September 1, 2014

Medina
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Traffic stop of investigator is deemed reasonable

A visiting judge Thursday ruled police had probable cause to pull over and arrest a Medina County Prosecutor’s Office criminal investigator on drunken-driving charges. Fred Wolk, 59, of Medina, faces a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Wolk has been an investigator for the prosecutor’s office since April 2012. Wolk and his attorney, Read More…

Attorney named in capital murder case

A Brunswick man facing capital murder charges has been appointed the same defense attorney who represented Steven Cepec in his capital murder trial. James Tench, 28, faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and evidence tampering. If convicted, he could be sentenced to the death penalty. He’s accused of killing his mother, Mary Read More…

Ex-player sues Medina Schools

Chase Johanson

Katie Anderson and David Knox | The Gazette A 2013 graduate of Medina High School is suing the school district and three staff members charging he unfairly was dropped by the basketball team after using Internet social media to complain about a lack of playing time. Chase Johanson, 19, of Medina, originally filed the lawsuit Read More…

Sharon Township woman arrested in meth investigation

A 47-year-old Sharon Township woman is accused of trying to buy an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Sandra Nash was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after Medina County Drug Task Force agents, assisted by county sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant at her home in the 6500 Read More…

Accused Union Square gunman also facing charges in Cuyahoga County

Gregory Prince

A Cleveland Heights man who pleaded no contest Tuesday to trying to kill a man at Medina’s Union Square apartments also faces charges in Cuyahoga County. Gregory Prince, 22, who’s awaiting sentencing in Medina County on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault, was charged in Cuyahoga County with carrying concealed weapons and improperly handling Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Brief chase leads to charges, citations BRUNSWICK — Two men were arrested Friday and another two were issued citations following a brief car and foot chase in Brunswick. According to a report, police saw a driver travel recklessly through the Laurel Hill apartment complex to Read More…

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…

Federal charges filed for ‘controlled buy’ at Bronson ‘nuisance’ house

Curtis Debose

A Cleveland man accused of selling heroin to a police informant earlier this month has been indicted in federal court. Police say Curtis Debose, 34, sold about 0.3 grams of heroin on Aug. 7 in a “controlled buy” conducted by the Medina County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Medina Police Department. Read More…

Trial begins in case of Union Square apartment shooting

Gregory Prince

Jury selection began Monday afternoon in the trial of a 22-year-old Cleveland Heights man accused of shooting a man at Medina’s Union Square apartments in April. Gregory Prince is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and firearms specifications. The charges are first- and second-degree felonies that carry mandatory prison time if convicted. According to police, Read More…