November 27, 2015

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Wadsworth Township man accused of hitting guard while in jail

Seth D.J. Rupp

A 22-year-old Wadsworth Township man pleaded not guilty Thursday to punching a female corrections officer in the face when he was in jail in March. Seth D.J. Rupp, of the 10100 block of Ruth Road, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. Medina County Sheriff’s Capt. Read More…

Lodi Police Department teams up with Massachusetts-based nonprofit to help opiate addicts

People seeking help for drug addiction will soon be able to turn to Lodi police without fear of criminal charges. The Lodi Police Department announced it has partnered with a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, that works with 46 police agencies across the nation to get opiate addicts treatment instead of Read More…

Police: Suspect shoots at federal vehicle in Medina

Matthew L. Brown

A recent Medina High School graduate was arrested Tuesday evening after police heard two gunshots near an Army recruitment center in Medina. Matthew L. Brown, 18, of Longview Road, was arrested and charged with vandalism, a fifth-degree felony. He’s accused of shooting a .38-caliber handgun at a federal government vehicle that was parked at the Read More…

Retired Brunswick K-9 dies of illness

Officer Mark Luciano with his K9 partner, Blackjack. PHOTO PROVIDED

Police K-9 Blackjack, a German shepherd that served the Brunswick Police Department for eight years, died recently after a long battle with numerous health issues, the department said in a post on Facebook. Blackjack passed his certification exam May 19, 2005. He was on the K-9 unit until his retirement on April 12, 2013. He Read More…

Medina arrest connected to Akron-area murder

Spencer Sims

A man wanted for questioning in connection with a fatal shooting in Green was arrested Monday evening at a Medina apartment. Medina police reported Spencer Sims, 22, who also goes by his middle name Aaron, was found hiding in a closet in an apartment in the Birch Manor Apartment complex on Miner Drive. Sims, who Read More…

‘No contest’ in theft from Sharon Township church

Andrew Bonarrigo and his attorney, Jeff Holland, listen to court proceedings on Monday. Bonarrigo pleaded no contest on Monday to charges of stealing music equipment from a Sharon Township church. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 33-year-old Sharon Township man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing music equipment worth more than $15,000 from a church in broad daylight. Andrew Bonarrigo, who goes by Andy, faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison at his sentencing hearing next month. He was scheduled to stand trial on three charges of theft — fourth- and Read More…

Dad accused of leaving dead infant in crib found fit for trial

Eric Warfel and his attorney, Michael O'Shea, listen to proceedings Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. NICK GLUNT/GAZETTE

Eric Warfel, whose 20-month-old daughter’s body was found decomposed in her crib in July, has been found competent to stand trial after a psychological evaluation. Warfel, 34, of Medina, was scheduled to begin a trial by jury Monday. After receiving the results of Warfel’s evaluation, however, his attorney asked the court to delay the trial. Read More…

Bicyclist struck by SUV in hit-skip dies


A bicyclist injured in a hit-skip accident last week died Friday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. John Zavisza, 48, of Brunswick, is survived by his wife of 13 years, Theresa, a son, a stepson and a stepdaughter. Township Police Chief David Arbogast told The Gazette on Sunday that the department would have a statement Read More…

Alabama boy missing since 2002 found alive as young man in Ohio

Julian Hernandez, 2002 vs. 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thirteen years after he went missing from his Alabama home as a 5-year-old, a young man has been found unharmed, living under an assumed name with his father in Ohio, and authorities say the case broke open when his Social Security number raised red flags during college applications. Julian Hernandez’s mother reported Read More…

‘It’s breaking my heart': Illinois village shocked, dismayed about police officer’s theft, suicide

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Public works employees were pulling down the blue ribbons residents had tied to trees and poles as a tribute to their slain hero. Signs around the small town that had praised the cop known as “G.I. Joe” suddenly disappeared, replaced in one case by another that labeled him “G.I. Joke.” The Read More…

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