July 28, 2014

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North Ridgeville man convicted of Medina preschool break-in

MEDINA — A 49-year-old North Ridgeville man convicted of breaking into a Medina preschool Nov. 16 may be headed to a rehabilitation program instead of prison.

John F. Wise was charged with receiving a stolen check and breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a combined two years in prison.

County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara said Wise broke into Hobby Horse Preschool, owned by Medina United Church of Christ.

“It’s particularly egregious to break into a religious institution,” he said.

The preschool’s former director, Vicki Marty, told Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler she hoped the judge would help Wise overcome a drug addiction so Wise wouldn’t offend again.

“Our prayer is that John gets better,” she said.

After talking privately with attorneys and Marty, Kimbler decided to see whether Wise could qualify for a Salvation Army rehabilitation program in Akron.

“If it wasn’t for this nice lady from Hobby Horse Preschool, you might very well be headed to prison,” Kimbler told Wise.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.