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Buckeye bus mechanic faces charges

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    Larry Swaney

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MEDINA — A Buckeye Schools employee who allegedly submitted a fraudulent timecard last month is facing felony charges in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

A county grand jury indicted Larry L. Swaney, 63, of Brunswick Hills Township, on forgery and theft in office, both fifth-degree felonies, stemming from an incident Sept. 2-16. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler.

Swaney, who works as a bus mechanic, is on paid administrative leave, Superintendent Kent Morgan said. Morgan declined to comment further on the case because it’s an “ongoing investigation.”

Swaney has been employed with the district since 2005. His annual salary is $41,900.

Swaney previously was terminated from the district in 2009 after accusations of misconduct and harassment, according to civil court documents. Swaney later filed a civil suit against the district for termination “without just cause.”

In January 2009, Swaney allegedly created a “hostile work environment by spray-painting an inappropriate boundary in the bus garage” that designated his area from another mechanic’s area. He also was accused of “yelling inappropriate, unprofessional and disparaging remarks” and “demonstrating disrespect” to another employee, court documents state.

In February 2009, Swaney received a three-day unpaid suspension for misconduct and swearing at other bus drivers. That same month, Swaney was accused of intimidating the former transportation supervisor and harassing other bus drivers, according to court documents. Swaney allegedly told a bus driver that she could “provide him with a statement, notarized by the superintendent’s secretary, that he had never harassed her,” court documents show.

The Buckeye Board of Education unanimously terminated Swaney in May 2009 for “actions and statements in creating a hostile work environment for his fellow employees” and “his attempt to cause (an employee) to prove a false statement that (Swaney) had created a hostile work environment by threatening.”

He filed a civil suit against the district for termination “without just cause.” Through arbitration, he won his job back.

Swaney, who was released Thursday from the Medina County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bond, has no criminal convictions in Medina County courts.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.

Pleas and sentencings

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

  • Ashley Carvajal, 31, South Linden Road, Mansfield, sentenced to five years of community control sanctions on three counts of burglary, third-degree felonies.
  • Antonio Goodwin, 28, Derbydale Road, Akron, sentenced to two years of community control sanctions on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin a fifth-degree felony; and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.
  • April Penick, 33, North Seneca Street, Rittman, sentenced to 180 days in jail on one count of possession of heroin, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies.
  • Roxanne Clingan, 37, East 55th Street, Cleveland, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 25.
  • Brian Duvall, 39, Greenwich Road, Seville, pleaded not guilty to one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 4.
  • James Mathes, 44, Frederick Street, Rittman, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 29.
  • Jamie Mooney, 41, Brushwood Circle, Brunswick, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 31.
  • Jose Morales-Ramirez, 30, Nevada, pleaded not guilty to one count of interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony. A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 4.
  • Henry Wooten, 31, Ptarmigan Trail, Brunswick, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11.
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