September 1, 2015

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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…

NEXUS ruling expected by Friday

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A Medina County judge is expected to rule by Friday whether a Texas-based energy company can perform surveys on private property despite landowner protests. Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. argued in court Monday that it needs to complete environmental and archeological surveys on every property that lies on the current proposed path of the NEXUS Gas Read More…

NEXUS lawsuit to begin today in Medina County

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A Medina County judge is expected to hear initial arguments today in a lawsuit filed by a Texas-based energy company in order to obtain access to four private properties despite landowner protests. The proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline is planned to be built through 11 Ohio counties — including Lorain and Medina counties. According to Read More…

15 charged in alleged prescription drug ring

Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Lorain and Medina counties and four other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of Read More…

Columbia Station man sentenced in drunken crash that injured police officer

A 24-year-old Columbia Station man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison and a lifetime driving ban for critically injuring an off-duty police officer in a drunken hit-and-run crash last year. Dalton Phillips pleaded no contest last month to charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop after a crash — third-, fourth- Read More…

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…