COMMON PLEAS COURT I
JUDGE CHRISTOPHER J. COLLIER

 

JUDGE COLLIER'S 2007 JURY VERDICT SYNOPSIS

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CASE NAME

CASE NUMBER
1-3-07 State of Ohio v. John E. Reed,Jr. 06 CR 0294
1-16-07 Dye v. Grier 05 CIV 1474
1-22-07 David Zeck v. Steven M. Sokol, et al. 06 CIV 0130
1-29-07 State of Ohio v. Peter Riffle 06 CR 0089
1-31-07 State of Ohio v. Natalie Flowers 06 CR 0292
2-5-07 Porpora v. Gatliff Building Company 03 CIV 1679
2-27-07 State of Ohio v. Gary L. Davis 06 CR 0642
3-4-07 State of Ohio v. David E. Travis 06 CR 0670
3-8-07 State of Ohio v. Aaron Sims 06 CR 0556
3-19-07 Reese v. Fowler 06 CIV 0968
4-2-07 Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company v. Gene’s Refrigeration Inc. 06 CIV 0079
4-16-07 ODOT v. Omni-Westfield, LLC 06 CIV 0111
4-30-07 State of Ohio v. Steven Latham 06 CR 0542
5-7-07 Michael Priebe v. Ricky and Linda Scheman 05 CIV 1560
5-9-07 Girman v. Granger Lake Condominium Unit Owner’s Assn. 06 CIV 0013
5-9-07 State of Ohio v. Douglas E. Danko 07 CIV 0007
5-10-07 Metheny v. Rinaldi 05 CIV 0984
7-1-07 Olsen v. Srnka 06 CIV 0693
7-24-07 Metheny v. Rinaldi (II) 05 CIV 0984
8-1-07 Murar v. Timberland Development 06 CIV 0914
8-20-07 Sheneman v. Edgerton 04 CIV 0804
9-10-07 Mary Ann Neiman v. Medina Retail Limited, Inc., et al. 06 CIV 1171
9-17-07 State of Ohio v. Craig Maynard 07 CR 0124
9-26-07 Ohio Pressure Grouting v. Debbie Young, et al. 06 CIV 0617
10-1-07 James Bahle, et al., v. Dr. Erin McKelvey. 06 CIV 1321
10-29-07 Tracy Fallon v. Jadiga Sokoloski 06 CIV 1368
11-5-07 State of Ohio v. Pamela Logan 07 CR 0357
12-4-07 Rick Boettner v. Storage World 05 CIV 1729
12-19-07 Tracy Fallon v. Jadiga Sokoloski 06 CIV 1368

1-3-07     State of Ohio v. John E. Reed,Jr.

Case No. 06 CR 0294

The case of State of Ohio v. John E. Reed, Jr. was a case where the Defendant was charged with Importuning. The Defendant denied he was guilty of this offense.

The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant Medina County Prosecutor, Matt Razavi. The Defendant was represented by attorney Robert Schultz of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day trial the jury found the Defendant guilty of Importuning.


1-16-07     Dye v. Grier

Case No. 05 CIV 1474

This jury trial involves a very interesting set of circumstances. Adrienne Dye was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents. The first accident occurred on September 5, 2003 on North Court Street in Medina, Ohio. Linda Grier is the Defendant in that case. The second accident occurred on July 8, 2004 on Weymouth Road in Medina, Ohio. James Duering is the Defendant in that case. Both Defendants admit liability but deny proximate cause and dispute damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Mitchell A. Weisman of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant, Linda Grier was represented by attorney Joseph Ritzler of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant, the Estate of James Duering was represented by Jeffrey Bramley of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a day of jury selection, the Court declared a mistrial and the matter is reset for trial in February, 2007.


1-22-07     David Zeck v. Steven M. Sokol, et al.

Case No. 06 CIV 0130

This was a civil jury trial that involved Plaintiff’s claim that Defendant breached an employment contract with him; that Defendant was unjustly enriched by his wrongful conduct; and that Defendant appropriated Plaintiff’s identity as a licensed surveyor and wrongfully benefited from that misappropriation. The Defendant claimed that the Plaintiff knew about this conduct and ratified it.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Anthony Catanzarite . The Defendant was represented by attorney Alex Rakic.

Verdict:  After a three day trial, the jury found in favor of the Defendant and awarded Plaintiff damages in the amount of $300,000.


1-29-07     State of Ohio v. Peter Riffle

Case No. 06 CR 0089

The case of State of Ohio v. Peter Riffle the Defendant was charged with Rape of a Child Less Than 13 Years of Age. The Defendant denied the charge and contends that the charge was made up by the child and her mother to support the mother’s domestic relations case against the Defendant.

The State of Ohio is represented by Assistant Medina County Prosecutor, Scott Salisbury. The Defendant is represented by attorney Robert Campbell of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a three day trial the jury found the Defendant guilty of Rape of a Child Less Than 13 Years.


1-31-07     State of Ohio v. Natalie Flowers

Case No. 06 CR 0292

This case began when a car belonging to the Defendant was stopped by the police for invalid license plates. The Defendant was a passenger in the car. Cocaine was found in a tin box Defendant claimed was hers. She denied that she knew the cocaine was in her box.

The State of Ohio is represented by Assistant Medina County Prosecutor, Scott Salisbury. The Defendant is represented by attorney Teresa Barrington of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a three day trial the jury found the Defendant not guilty of possession of cocaine.


2-5-07     Porpora v. Gatliff Building Company

Case No. 03 CIV 1679

Michael Porpora v. Gatliff Building Company, et al., is a case where the Plaintiffs claimed the Defendant breached the contract between them, committed fraud and violated the consumer sales practice act regarding the construction of a new home in Wadsworth, Ohio. Defendant denies the plaintiff’s claim of contract breach, fraud and a violation of the consumer sales practice act. Defendant claimed he built Defendant the home they wanted but Defendant failed to pay for the home once it was constructed.

The Plaintiffs were represented by attorney Richard Dobbins of Akron, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney James McIlvaine and attorney Andrew McIlvaine of Wadsworth, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a seven day trial, the jury found for the Defendant on Plaintiff claim; further, the jury found on behalf of the Defendant on his counterclaim and awarded Defendant $10,500.


2-27-07     State of Ohio v. Gary L. Davis

Case No. 06 CR 0642

Michael Porpora v. Gatliff Building Company, et al., is a case where the Plaintiffs claimed the Defendant breached the contract between them, committed fraud and violated the consumer sales practice act regarding the construction of a new home in Wadsworth, Ohio. Defendant denies the plaintiff’s claim of contract breach, fraud and a violation of the consumer sales practice act. Defendant claimed he built Defendant the home they wanted but Defendant failed to pay for the home once it was constructed.

The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant Medina County Prosecutor, Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by attorney Robert Schultz of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day trial the jury found the Defendant guilty of Assault of a Peace Officer.


3-4-07     State of Ohio v. David E. Travis

Case No. 06 CR 0670

In the case of State of Ohio v. David Travis, the Defendant was charged with Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition. The alleged victim of this offense was the younger sister of the Defendant’s fiancée. The Defendant denied that he committed these offenses. He claims that he touched the victim but with her consent.

The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant Medina County Prosecutor, Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by attorney Michael Callow of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  The Defendant waived his right to a trial by jury and the case was heard by the court. The court found the Defendant guilty of Rape and guilty of Gross Sexual Imposition.


3-8-07     State of Ohio v. Aaron Sims

Case no. 06 CR 0556

The jury trial of State v. Sims concerned the charge of auto theft. The defendant claimed he had permission to use the car owned by his friend. The friend agreed that he had let the defendant use the car previously but not on the occasion charged in the indictment.

The State was represented by assistant county prosecutor Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by attorney Daniel Gigiano of Wasworth, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day jury trial, the jury found the defendant not guilty.


3-19-07     Reese v. Fowler

Case No. 06 CIV 0968

Reese v. Fowler is an automobile accident case wherein the Defendant admits he was liable but disputes Plaintiffs’ damage claim.

The Plaintiffs were represented by attorney Dan Ryan of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Patrick Kosla of Broadview Heights, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a three day trial, the jury found for the Plaintiffs and awarded damages in the amount of $95,000 to Timothy Reese for his injuries; $3,000 to Sharon Reese for her injuries; and $500 to Sharon Reese for loss of consortium.


4-2-07     Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company v. Gene’s Refrigeration Inc.

Case No. 06 CIV 0079

This lawsuit involves Plaintiffs’ effort to seek recovery of money from Defendant for an air conditioning unit that failed and caused damage to the First Baptist Church of Brunswick. Plaintiffs claim that the Defendant breached its contract and failed to properly install the air conditioning unit. Defendant denies it was negligent and denies that it improperly installed the unit.

The Plaintiffs were represented by attorney, Michael Elliot of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney, David Weillbacher of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day trial the jury found on behalf of the Defendant and against Plaintiffs.


4-16-07     ODOT v. Omni-Westfield, LLC

Case No. 06 CIV 0111

This matter was an appropriations case wherein the State of Ohio sought to take a 17 acre parcel of property from the owner in order to make highway improvements at I-71 and St. R. 224. The State has the right to take property for this project subject to payment of fair market value for the land acquired. The parties disagreed as to the fair market value of the property.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney, Richard Mankowski of Columbus, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney, Gary Warner of Brunswick, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a four day trial the jury found on behalf of the Defendant and awarded the Defendant $660,600 for the property at issue.


4-30-07     State of Ohio v. Steven Latham

Case No. 06 CR 0542

The case of State of Ohio v. Steven Latham was a case where the Defendant was charged with four counts of felonious assault and four gun specifications. This case involved the shooting of a police officer at the Defendant’s home in Litchfield, Ohio. The Defendant pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The issue in this matter is whether the Defendant was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

The State of Ohio was represented by Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman and Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by attorney Robert Campbell of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a five day trial, the jury found the Defendant guilty of four counts of felonious assault and each specification.


5-7-07     Michael Priebe v. Ricky and Linda Scheman

Case No. 05 CIV 1560

In this case the Defendant was suing Plaintiff for failure to roof Defendant’s house in an workmanlike manner. Plaintiff claims that his roof work was performed in a workmanlike manner.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Mark Fusco of Akron, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney John Amado of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day trial, the jury awarded the Defendant $1,500.


5-9-07     Girman v. Granger Lake Condominium Unit Owner’s Assn.

Case No. 06 CIV 0013

In this case, Plaintiff claims the Defendant failed to abide by the declaration of condominium when it failed to promptly repair the roof over her unit. She claims that this failure led to the growth of black mold that could not be irradicated. Defendant denied it breached the contract and claims Plaintiff failed to mitigate her damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by Stephen Ott of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by James Sennett of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a seven day trial the jury awarded the Plaintiff $28,000.


5-9-07     State of Ohio v. Douglas E. Danko

Case No. 07 CIV 0007

The Defendant was charged with felonious assault and a gun specification. The Defendant was alleged to have shot a .45 cal. semi-automatic at the victim when the victim left with the Defendant’s New Year’s Eve date. The Defendant claims he was drunk and that the shooting was accidental and not done knowingly.

The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Salisbury of Medina, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Ronald Scott Spears of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day trial the jury found the Defendant guilty of felonious assault and the gun specification.


5-10-07     Metheny v. Rinaldi

Case no. 05 CIV 0984

The jury trial of Metheny v. Rinaldi involved a motor vehicle accident. Defendant admits liability but denies proximate cause and disputes damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney L. Ray Jones of Medina, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Joe Ritzler of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day jury trial the Court declared a mistrial.


7-1-07     Olsen v. Srnka

Case no. 06 CIV 0693

This jury trial involved a car accident in the center turn lane of Pearl Road north of S.R. 303 in Brunswick, Ohio. The Plaintiff was injured when she went to cross Pearl Road from Shenandoah Road west bound. The Defendant was traveling north on Pearl, in the center turn lane, preparing to turn left. Plaintiff claims Defendant was negligent. Defendant claims Plaintiff was negligent.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Lawrence Benjamin of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Ann Markowski of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day jury trial, the jury found in favor of the Plaintiff and awarded her $491.


7-24-07     Metheny v. Rinaldi (II)

Case no. 05 CIV 0984

This was the second trial of this matter. The first trial ended as a mistrial. The jury trial of Metheny v. Rinaldi involved a motor vehicle accident. Defendant admits liability but denies proximate cause and disputes damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney L. Ray Jones of Medina, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Joe Ritzler of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a two day jury trial the jury found in favor of the Plaintiff and awarded a judgment of $12,500.


8-1-07     Murar v. Timberland Development

Case No. 06 CIV 0914

The jury trial in this matter involved the sale of real estate. Plaintiff claimed the property was not buildable as represented. Defendants deny false representation.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney E. Boles of Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney T. McGurr of Cleveland, Ohio.

Verdict:  The parties settled the case during trial.


8-20-07     Sheneman v. Edgerton

Case No. 04 CIV 0804

The jury trial in Sheneman v. Edgerton was filed when a car driven by the Defendant went through a stop sign and struck a car driven by the Plaintiff. The Defendant agreed that she was at fault but the parties disagreed as to damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney David Sheldon and attorney Andrew Korduba of Medina, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Anthony Brown of Canton, Ohio.

Verdict:  After a three day trial the jury awarded the Plaintiff $19,330.49


9-10-07     Mary Ann Neiman v. Medina Retail Limited, Inc., et al.

Case No. 06 CIV 1171

This jury trial involved a severe slip and fall injury that occurred in front of the Old Navy Store on North Court Street in Medina, Ohio. Plaintiff contended the owner of the shopping center, the Old Navy Store and Aaron’s Landscaping the snow removal service, were responsible for her injuries. Defendants denied liability, proximate cause and damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Stephen Brown of Medina,Ohio. The Defendants were represented by attorney S. Seacrist, C. Rice, and D. Weilbacher.

Verdict:  After a three day trial the jury found in favor of the Defendants.


9-17-07     State of Ohio v. Craig Maynard

Case No. 07 CR 0124

The Defendant was charged with gross sexual imposition. The Defendant denied the charge.

The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by attorney Kevin Dunn of Medina,Ohio.

Verdict:  After a three day trial, the jury found the Defendant guilty of Gross Sexual Imposition


9-26-07     Ohio Pressure Grouting v. Debbie Young, et al.

Case No. 06 CIV 0617

This jury trial involved a breach of contract claim on behalf of both the plaintiff and the defendant. The Defendant homeowner had Plaintiff construction company perform certain basement work on her home. Both parties alleged the other breached the contract and claimed damages.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Daniel Walpole. The Defendant was represented by attorney Jeff James and attorney Marybeth Maxwell.

Verdict:  After a three day trial the parties settled the dispute.


10-1-07     James Bahle, et al., v. Dr. Erin McKelvey.

Case No. 06 CIV 1321

This jury trial involved a wrongful death, medical malpractice claim. Plaintif claimed Defendant breached the standard of care in the services she rendered to the decedent. Defendant denied negligence and proximate cause.

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Richard Abrams and attorney Michael Morley. The Defendant was represented by attorney William meadows and attorney Bruce Cannon.

Verdict:  After a five day trial the jury found in favor of the Defendant.


10-29-07     Tracy Fallon v. Jadiga Sokoloski

Case No. 06 CIV 1368

This jury trial involved an automobile accident that took place between the Plaintiff and the Defendant on Bellus Road in Hinckley, Ohio. Plaintiff claims she suffered injury when the Defendant crossed the center of the road and struck her car. Defendant claims that Plaintiff crossed the center of the road and that she is

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Andy Young from Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Jeff Bramley of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  The case was declared a mistrial after jury selection.


11-5-07     State of Ohio v. Pamela Logan

Case No. 07 CR 0357

The Defendant was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine. She denied knowing possession of the substance.

The State of Ohio was represented by Scott Salisbury. The Defendant was represented by Kevin Dunn.

Verdict:  The Defendant pleaded guilty shortly before testimony was to begin.


12-4-07     Rick Boettner v. Storage World

Case No. 05 CIV 1729

This matter came on for trial on Plaintiff’s claim for damages against Storage World and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

The Plaintiff was represented by Ryan Moulen. The Storage World was represented by James Clark. Columbia Gas was represented by James Behrensen.

Verdict:  After a two day trial the jury found in favor of Plaintiff and against Storage World in the amount of $5,000. No damages were ordered against Columbia Gas.


12-19-07     Tracy Fallon v. Jadiga Sokoloski

Case No. 06 CIV 1368

This jury trial involved an automobile accident that took place between the Plaintiff and the Defendant on Bellus Road in Hinckley, Ohio. Plaintiff claims she suffered injury when the Defendant crossed the center of the road and struck her car. Defendant claims that Plaintiff crossed the center of the road and that she is

The Plaintiff was represented by attorney Andy Young from Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendant was represented by attorney Jeff Bramley of Medina, Ohio.

Verdict:  The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff and awarded damages in the amount of $22,697.20 against Defendant.


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