August 22, 2014

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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…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Stranger discovered on couch An Aspen Oval woman was surprised to wake up Sunday morning and find a stranger sleeping on her couch. According to a Brunswick police report, a woman in the 1200 block of Cross Creek Drive got up at about 6 a.m. Read More…

Police throughout Medina County equipped with military gear

This refurbished military humvee serves as a public relations vehicle for the city of Brunswick. The city recieved four humvees in 2011 as part of a federal military surplus program. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

City police forces and countywide agencies have benefited from a federal program that provides them with military equipment. Property logs from the Ohio Department of Public Safety show seven military vehicles went to Medina County police departments. Brunswick got five of the vehicles, including a heavily armored, 18-ton MRAP — short for “mine-resistant ambush protected 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…

Former Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp facing foreclosure

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Former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp is facing another financial hurdle after the bank that holds the mortgage on his Medina Township home, filed a foreclosure suit against Stepp and his wife, Tina, in Medina County Common Pleas Court. The suit, filed on Aug. 12, says Stepp owes FirstMerit Mortgage Corp. $260,769 plus interest on Read More…

More arrested on drug charges in Medina’s ‘broken windows’ effort

Patrick Berarducci

Medina police say four men have been arrested this week in the ongoing crackdown on drug trafficking in Ward 1. On Sunday, police arrested Dwight E. Tuttle, 39, of Cleveland, on a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of heroin. Police say Tuttle was found with 1.5 grams of heroin and $655. The driver of the Read More…

‘He took my virginity,’ Medina woman says of man facing rape charges

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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…

Sobriety checkpoint on state Route 18 tonight in Granger, Sharon twps.

GRANGER, SHARON TWPS. — A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted starting at 9:30 p.m. tonight on state Route 18, just west of the Summit County line in Granger and Sharon townships. The checkpoint is funded by federal grants and is designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a Read More…

Protesters gather in Missouri, Cleveland over death of Ferguson teen

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. The intervention, ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Read More…

Patrol: Sun glare a factor in SUV crash seriously injuring pedestrian

Sun glare contributed to an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian Wednesday evening in Granger Township, according to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Trooper Steven Robison said the driver, township resident Betty Hodgson, reached for her SUV’s visor at about 7:30 p.m. because the sun was bright — and that’s when she Read More…