December 20, 2014

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Man pleads no contest to hitting home with bullet

MEDINA — A 38-year-old Oberlin man pleaded no contest in Medina Municipal Court to hitting a Spencer Township house unintentionally with a bullet last month.

Joshua D. Hewlett was charged with disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. The charge could have been elevated to a more serious misdemeanor or even a felony if the bullet had hit someone or traveled over a public roadway.

Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase fined Hewlett $50 and ordered him to pay $130 in court costs. Hewlett paid all costs after his hearing, according to court records.

Police said Hewlett, who completed gun safety classes to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was target practicing at a friend’s house in the 6800 block Firestone Road on Sept. 28. The two men were firing at a plywood target.

A bullet fired from Hewlett’s gun traveled about 1,000 feet through some woods and open clearings before hitting the house owned by Elisa and Andrzej Kazek at 13231 Old Mill Road.

The couple and their 16-year-old daughter were home at the time and called police.

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