December 20, 2014

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Kids, highway patrol nab 1,900 pounds of food for Feeding Medina County

A food drive Saturday by the Ohio Highway Patrol at Buehler’s in Medina collected more than 1,900 pounds of food to benefit Feeding Medina County. From left, back row, Trooper Eugene Crum, Santa Claus and Trooper Steve Robison; front row, Robison’s children, Victoria and Donovan. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A food drive inspired by a fourth-grader’s community service project collected more than 1,900 pounds of food to benefit Feeding Medina County. In combination with another drive last month, more than 2,800 pounds of food were donated to those in need. The drive, held Saturday, was sponsored by the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Lodi police Thursday, Dec. 11 8:41 p.m. — Lakeview Drive, police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Shane Riffle, 36, Akron, was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Wadsworth police Wednesday, Dec. 10 Read More…

Medina man charged in Elyria shooting

A Medina man has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the Sept. 17 shooting death of Matthew Stinson in an Elyria apartment hallway. Jeremy Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm at a habitation and tampering with evidence. Stinson, 25, was shot in the Read More…

FDA again warns of caffeine powder danger

Following a meeting last week between the parents of a LaGrange teen who died from ingesting caffeine powder and members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA issued its second warning against the powder, which is easily available online. On Tuesday, Michael Landa, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Read More…

Kenneth Alex Grad found guilty of brutally abusing infant son

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A Medina County jury decided Thursday that Kenneth Alex Grad, formerly of Montville Township, was responsible for injuries to his 41-day-old son in 2008. After deliberating for a day and a half, the jury of four women and eight men reached its verdict about 3 p.m. Thursday. Grad, 44, was found guilty of three counts Read More…

Child abuse case is in jury’s hands after six days of testimony

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In Wednesday’s closing arguments in the trial of an accused child abuser, Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Salisbury suggested a motive: Kenneth Alex Grad wanted a baby girl, not a boy. Grad, 44, formerly of Montville Township, is accused of breaking two dozen of the baby’s bones and lacerating the child’s scrotum in 2008. The injuries Read More…

Death penalty on the table in slaying of Akron police officer from Wadsworth

Justin Winebrenner

Staff and wire reports An Akron man could face the death penalty if convicted of killing an off-duty police officer at a bar. Thirty-five-year-old Kenan Ivery of Akron was indicted Monday on charges that include aggravated murder and murder in the Nov. 16 shooting death of 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, a Wadsworth native who joined the Read More…

Defense calls one witness in infant abuse case, jury to hear closing arguments today

Kenneth Alex Grad

Defense attorneys for an accused infant abuser called one witness to the stand Tuesday before resting their case. Attorneys for Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, now of Lakewood, were expected to present doctors as witnesses to challenge doctors who said the boy’s injuries were not accidental. But the only witness was Sheryl Hurley, a nurse who Read More…

One man’s ‘prank,’ one judge’s reason for prison time

Anthony Vandal

A 25-year-old Brunswick man will spend three years in prison after arguing at trial that he was pulling a prank on a friend when he robbed a convenience store while armed and masked. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler in October found Anthony Vandal guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony, after an August Read More…

Fugitive nabbed in Wadsworth to spend 39 years behind bars for killing ex

Nathan Summerfield

Staff and wire reports An Ashland man was sentenced Monday to almost 39 years in prison after pleading guilty in the strangling and stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, while vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks two years ago. Nathan Summerfield, 29, was arrested in a motel in Wadsworth in August 2012 following a Read More…