August 23, 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…

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…

PHOTOS: Summer ends and school returns throughout Medina County


School is back in session. Check out these photos from the first day back at Sharon Elementary in Sharon Township.

Medina County Courthouse getting repaired from top to bottom

Employees of Detroit Cornice & Slate Co., of Ferndale, Michigan, work Wednesday to restore the exterior of the Medina County Courthouse on Medina’s Public Square. The project, which will include replacing the front entryway steps, is expected to be completed in November. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The restoration of the Medina County Courthouse is coming in $44,000 under budget and the county commissioners want to use the extra money to fix the deteriorated front entranceway to the historic building on Medina’s Public Square. County Administrator Chris Jakab told commissioners Tuesday that the third phase of slate roofing, masonry work and painting Read More…

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

Mike Todd

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…

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…

Former Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp facing foreclosure


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…

Complaint filed with federal government over Ohio’s food stamp rules

Legal advocates for the poor have filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over the state’s move to enforce work requirements for food stamp beneficiaries in most counties, saying the decision has disproportionately impacted minorities in urban areas. Ohio previously had not enforced the federal welfare-to-work requirements. But officials at the Ohio Department Read More…