February 14, 2016

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Medina Wal-Mart, veteran reach compromise for charities

Wal-Mart management has worked out a compromise with a Marine veteran who was forced to collect holiday donations for charity outside in the rain. A photo of 69-year-old veteran John Harkness went viral on social media over the weekend, sparking outrage against the management of the Wal-Mart location in Medina Township. Harkness said he had Read More…

Social media outraged after Walmart tells veteran to collect for charity outside

Social media erupted in outrage over the weekend after a local woman accused Medina’s Walmart store of disrespecting a Marine Corps veteran by forcing him to collect donations for charity outside in the rain. A Facebook user under the name Janet Rodin posted a picture of veteran John Harkness standing in the rain. She included Read More…

Dad accused of leaving dead infant in crib found fit for trial

Eric Warfel, whose 20-month-old daughter’s body was found decomposed in her crib in July, has been found competent to stand trial after a psychological evaluation. Warfel, 34, of Medina, was scheduled to begin a trial by jury Monday. After receiving the results of Warfel’s evaluation, however, his attorney asked the court to delay the trial. Read More…

Medina County man indicted in multicounty robbery spree

Nathan Holsman

A Liverpool Township man has been indicted on four counts of aggravated robbery, charged with robbing convenience stores and motels in Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. Nathan A. Holsman, 29, faces up to 11 years in prison on each charge. He’s being held at the county jail on $1 million bond while awaiting arraignment. A Read More…

York Township landowner allegedly threatens NEXUS pipeline surveyor with shotgun

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MEDINA — A Medina County landowner allegedly used the threat of a shotgun to dissuade an employee of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline from entering his property just days after a judge ordered landowners to allow the surveys. Frank Batson, one of the surveyors, said in an affidavit filed earlier this week that Donald Borling, Read More…

Medina County judge grants NEXUS pipeline surveyors access to private properties

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A Medina County judge ruled Tuesday that a Texas-based energy company may survey properties despite owners’ protests about the company’s proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline crossing their land. In his ruling, Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier also noted the reach of Ohio’s appropriation laws. “While the court is cognizant of the fact that the Read More…

Psychological evaluation sought for Warfel before bond reduction considered

Eric Warfel, 34, of Medina, listens to arguments Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. NICK GLUNT/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — A Medina father accused of leaving his daughter’s body in her crib for six weeks after she died will remain in the Medina County Jail until he completes a psychological evaluation. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ruled Monday that Eric Warfel, 34, can ask again to have his bond reduced Read More…

Warfel enters insanity plea

MEDINA — The father charged with leaving a dead toddler in her crib for more than a month entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Monday morning. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ordered 34-year-old Eric Warfel to undergo psychological evaluation. Warfel’s trial tentatively is set for November. Warfel was Read More…

Vigil planned for dead Medina toddler

MEDINA — A group of Medina and Brunswick parents planned a vigil Sunday evening to remember the life of Ember Warfel, a 20-month-old girl who was discovered dead in her crib in an empty Medina apartment Wednesday morning. Ember’s father, 34-year-old Eric Warfel, is charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, in the girl’s Read More…

Medina police: Garbage strewn to mask dead girl’s odor

Eric Warfel

MEDINA — A Medina man facing felony charges in his 21-month-old daughter’s death told police she died in her crib last month and he had been putting trash in her room to conceal the smell ever since. The revelations came in Medina Municipal Court on Thursday morning, where Eric Warfel appeared via video from the Medina Read More…