July 2, 2016

Medina
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Medina man accused of ‘aggressive hug’

A Medina man is facing two felony charges after being accused of aggressively hugging a 14-year-old girl who was shopping in Wal-Mart. Zdravko Plavljanic, 59, plead not guilty to abduction, a third-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony. He entered the same plea for a third-degree misdemeanor charge, unlawful restraint, in court Thursday. Read More…

One Dead in Guilford Township Crash

An 18-year-old Cambridge woman was killed in an early morning car crash on Acme Road in Guilford Township, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Anastasia Taylor, 18, of Cambridge, was in the back seat of a 2013 Chevy Malibu driven by Rittman resident Douglas Peregoy, 19, south on Acme Road. At about 5:30 a.m., Peregoy Read More…

Legality questioned at internet cafe trial

Attorneys and prosecutors debated state gambling laws and loopholes Thursday during the trial of a father and son accused of running two illegal casinos in the county. Defense attorney Kerry O’Brien said Adam Syed had no idea he was committing a crime when he purchased and began operating his second internet cafe in the county, Read More…

Brunswick couple arrested, faces heroin trafficking charge

A Brunswick couple is facing a trafficking in heroin charge, a fourth-degree felony, Brunswick police said Thursday. Danielle Spahn, 33, and Mark Jones, 36, were arrested and taken to Medina County Jail on Tuesday. Following the arrests, the Medina County Drug Task Force — assisted by Brunswick police, Medina County deputies and Montville Township police Read More…

UPDATED: Homemade curtain, blanket could help crack Amy Mihaljevic case

BAY VILLAGE — Investigators believe a homemade curtain and a store-bought blanket may be key pieces of evidence to help crack the case of the kidnapping and slaying of Amy Mihaljevic in 1989. Former FBI Agent Phil Torsney said during a news conference Thursday morning that the two items were found about 1,000 feet from Read More…

LaReece Woods pleads guilty in Orrville murder

LaReece KeSean “Wally” Woods of Orrville pleaded guilty Monday morning to two counts of murder in Wayne County Common Pleas Court in Wooster. The charges carry a prison sentence of 15 years to life for the murder of his estranged wife, 24-year-old Emily A. Young, of Spencer. The charges include a three-year mandatory sentence for Read More…

Records sealed in case involving Medina County auditor

The records of a case alleging that Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack misused public funds were sealed from public view late last week. The sealing action preceded a hearing on the matter that had been scheduled for Monday, according to court records obtained by The Gazette before the decision. A Medina Municipal Court official said Read More…

Body found in Brunswick park identified, police suspect suicide

Brunswick police officers expect to close the investigation of a Litchfield Township man found dead of a suspected suicide in a Brunswick park. Russell Frank, 25, was found dead in a soccer field at Hopkins Park, 3889 Laurel Rd., Brunswick by a city park worker Thursday morning. Police were called to the scene at 7:58 Read More…

Plea deal expected Monday in woman’s slaying

LaReece KeSean “Wally” Woods, the Orrville man accused of murdering his estranged wife, is expected to accept a plea bargain in the case at 9 a.m. Monday in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. Wayne County Prosecutor Dan Lutz announced the agreement during a pretrial hearing Wednesday. Woods, who turned 23 on Monday, is expected to Read More…

Man gets 5 years in Lodi arson

A Lodi man convicted of setting fire to his mother’s house was sentenced to five years in prison Monday. Last month a jury found 49-year-old Matthew Harris guilty in Medina County Common Pleas Court on two counts of aggravated arson, first-degree felonies. Harris pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was found guilty of Read More…