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COURT REPORTS: Rittman man charged with raping woman

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MEDINA — A Rittman man accused of raping a 19-year-old woman is facing a first-degree felony charge in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Tanner Davis, 18, pleaded not guilty to one count of rape Aug. 25 before Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. A jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Medina County sheriff’s Detective Larry Covey said Tuesday the alleged incident occurred at a “remote location” in Guilford Township on June 13.

Davis allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the Wadsworth woman and “purposely compelled (her) to submit by force or threat of force,” according to his indictment.

Covey said Davis and the woman know one another.

If convicted, Davis could face up to 11 years in prison.

A voice message left for court-appointed attorney Mike Callow seeking comment was not returned Tuesday.

Davis is being held at Medina County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

He has no prior convictions in Medina County courts.

Brunswick man faces sexual assault charge

MEDINA — A Brunswick man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Medina County Common Pleas Court to charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault involving a minor.

Tomas Castaneda, 18, is facing one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled a trial for Dec. 11.

According to a Brunswick police report, Castaneda is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl from Strongsville about 3 a.m. July 9 after a graduation party on Weathervane Lane.

Castaneda was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Court documents show Castaneda, who has no prior convictions in Medina County courts, posted $25,000 bond.

Man gets probation for endangerment

MEDINA — A Rittman man was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a child endangerment charge Tuesday.

Christopher Lamm, 30, originally was charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, but the count was reduced to child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor, as part of a plea deal.

Lamm told Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier his son, 7, was playing video games with his friend when he wasn’t reacting well to losing the game and Lamm sent his son to his room. Lamm said he went into his son’s room to punish him, grabbed his cheeks and squeezed hard enough that his son urinated on himself.

Lamm has prior convictions of trafficking in marijuana in common pleas court, and assault, domestic violence, criminal damage and traffic-related charges in Wadsworth Municipal Court.

When Collier asked Lamm about his previous charges, Lamm responded: “I’m an angry guy.”

Pleas and sentencings

The following people appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, according to the county prosecutor’s office:

  •  Arlo Mosley, 20, Chittenden Street, Akron, sentenced to three years of community control sanctions on one count of passing bad checks, a fifth-degree felony. He also was ordered to pay $3,317.79 in restitution.
  •  Jesus Peralta Ramirez, 38, Mount Hood, Dayton, sentenced to six years in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony, and one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.
  •  Andrew Alflen, 33, Westpark Boulevard, Medina, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.
  •  Timothy Hensley, 55, Hunt Street, Akron, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 13.
  •  Edward Hess, 31, Lafayette Road, Medina, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 13.
  •  Shirley Martz, 24, Beverly Hills Drive, pleaded not guilty to one count of identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 6.
  •  Jonathon Ritzman, 31, East Easton Road, Creston, pleaded guilty to three counts of identity fraud, third-degree felonies. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.
  •  Bradley Ross, 38, Franklin Avenue, Kent, pleaded guilty to one count of nonsupport of dependents, a fifth-degree felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.
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