December 18, 2014


Animal cruelty charges filed against K-9 handler

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (FILE PHOTO)

MONTVILLE TWP. — A township police sergeant is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after his K-9 police dog died of heatstroke while left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot day. Sharon Township attorney Jeff Holland, who works on animal cruelty cases for Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Read More…

FBI says Calif. man traveled to Medina to have sex with teen

Edwin Franco

Federal authorities have arrested a 24-year-old California man, charging him with traveling to Ohio to have sex with a 14-year-old Medina girl he met over the Internet. Cleveland FBI agents said the man, Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, of Navato, was charged Friday with federal charges of engaging in aggravated sexual abuse of a child, engaging in Read More…

Wellington man sentenced to six months on felony charges

Adam Knight

MEDINA — A 22-year-old Wellington man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail after pleading guilty to his fourth and fifth felony charges this year. Adam R. Knight was sentenced on two counts of receiving stolen property and aggravated drug trafficking, fifth- and third-degree felonies, and he will spend three years’ probation once he’s Read More…

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 Read More…

Supreme Court weighing whether work perks count as support income

COLUMBUS — Ohio Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday on whether company-provided fringe benefits like cars and phone services should count in determining a person’s child support payments. The case focuses on Medina County resident Jeffrey S. Morrow, whose salary as president of the Ohio College of Massotherapy dropped from $120,000 to $75,000 as a Read More…

Man gets death for killing elderly man during home invasion

Steven Cepec, 44, center, was sentenced to death Thursday for the murder of Frank Munz of Chatham Township in 2010. (CT photo by Nick Glunt.)

MEDINA — Convicted murderer Steven Cepec was sentenced to death Thursday for killing a 73-year-old Chatham Township man during a home invasion almost three years ago. Cepec, 44, is the first person to be sentenced to death in Medina County in 60 years and will be the county’s only resident on Ohio’s death row. A Read More…