Hearing scheduled to discuss Portage County cemetery


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com



Arminda Martin


Theodore Martin


A hearing has been scheduled in Portage County Common Pleas Court to determine the future of Grandview Memorial Park, another cemetery owned by Theodore and Arminda Martin.

Theodore and Arminda Martin recently appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court and entered guilty pleas to more than a dozen theft charges. Both admitted to taking money for goods and services at Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware, but never delivering the items.

After the Martins were indicted, the cemetery fell into disrepair and Christopher Betts, a civil division county prosecutor, filed a lawsuit against the Martins, asking that the court appoint a receiver to care for the cemetery and asking that Fairview Memorial Park Incorporated be dissolved.

A hearing was held in September and Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley signed an order dissolving Fairview Memorial Park Inc.

The Martin’s other cemetery, Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, Ohio, is the subject of a similar lawsuit.

The Portage County Prosecutor’s Office has asked Common Pleas Judge Laurie J. Pittman to make a similar ruling and dissolve Grandview Memorial Park Inc.

Ravenna area attorney Stephen Colecchi was appointed to care for Grandview in May and reports there were virtually no funds in the cemetery accounts, but said he has arranged for burials and services as well as cemetery maintenance.

A hearing to discuss the dissolution of the cemetery has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. in Pittman’s court in Ravenna.

Theodore and Arminda Martin are scheduled to be sentenced at a hearing on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Arminda Martin was out on bond Monday. Theodore Martin remained incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution in Lisbon, Ohio, where he is serving time for an unrelated tax evasion charge.

Arminda Martin
http://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/11/web1_arminda-martin.jpgArminda Martin

Theodore Martin
http://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/11/web1_theodore-martin-mug2.jpgTheodore Martin

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.