August 22, 2014

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Judge to decide case of man accused of raping teen more than 100 times

Defense attorney Elizabeth Kelley delivers her closing arguments Thursday. Also pictured, from left, are Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury, Montville police Detective Angela Vivo, defendant Patrick Shank and his other defense attorneys, Richard Lillie and Gretchen Holderman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Attorneys in the rape trial of a former Montville Township man presented their closing arguments Thursday, with the defense saying the allegations “don’t add up” and the prosecution pointing out similarities to a 2012 case in which 47-year-old Patrick Shank was convicted. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will announce his Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lodi police Tuesday, Aug. 12 6:21 p.m. — 600 block Wooster St., police responded to Discount Drug Mart, where store security had Christena Gayheart, 27, West Salem, in custody. Police said her bag had stolen items in it totaling more than $100. She was charged Read More…

Family, friends defend man against rape accusations at trial

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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…

Medina Twp. Trustee Mike Todd resigns over ‘indeterminate absence’

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Mike Todd, chairman of the Medina Township Board of Trustees, has submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1. In an email sent to trustees Monday morning, Todd did not give a specific reason for quitting. “While I have enjoyed my last nearly nine years as trustee, the indeterminate nature of my absence leads me to make 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…

Upset homeowners told gas pipeline may run through their properties

To view a map of the pipeline, click here. To view a letter sent to a homeowner, click here. Katie Anderson and Jon Wysochanski | The Gazette Mario Pascolini got a letter in the mail Friday informing him that a 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario, might be crossing his 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…

‘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…

Highland Schools break ground on $8 million sports complex

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School board members shared the job of breaking ground for the district’s new $8 million sports complex with members of the Highland High football team. At a ceremony Monday night in Granger Township, officials said they can’t wait for the community to visit and enjoy the new sports complex at the school when it’s completed Read More…

Volunteers pack up supplies, food for students in need

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Two hundred backpacks, boxes of ramen noodles and tables of pencils and notebooks and other elementary school supplies were packed Sunday night by a group of volunteers. Foundation 4Life distributors from across the county gathered at the ATEAM All-Stars Leadership Center, 1188 Medina Road, Sharon Township, to bag supplies for the start of the school Read More…