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State attorney general's opinion sought in Wadsworth councilman's case

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WADSWORTH — Special prosecutor Matt Lanier of Medina filed Thursday a motion to dismiss in Wadsworth Municipal Court in the case regarding Ward 3 City Councilman Lee Potts and Alyssa Biedron.

Lanier said he and Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson agree that an attorney from the state Attorney General’s Office should take a look at the case to determine what, if any, charges are warranted.

“The dismissal today does not mean there won’t be any charges going forward,” Lanier said.

“It means there may or may not be charges going forward and (there) may or may not be the same charges going forward.”

Both Potts, 31 and Biedron, 23, of Brunswick, pleaded not guilty in Wadsworth Municipal Court on Wednesday after charges were filed stemming from a Feb. 7 complaint. Potts was charged with criminal trespass and Biedron was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct with persistence.

“They went to a residence on Chestnut Street, they had permission to be there to pick an item up,” Police Chief Randall Reinke said Wednesday.

“While they were there, they allegedly entered the residence without permission.”

Brunswick Councilman and attorney Nick Hanek, who is representing both Potts and Biedron, contacted The Gazette on Thursday afternoon with the information that a motion to dismiss was filed.

Hanek said that he had no further details on the case at that time.

“We filed a motion to dismiss at the state’s cost without prejudice after discussing the matter with our county prosecutor,” Lanier said.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the charge is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of no more than $250.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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