February 9, 2016


Browns’ Mike Bell eager to show what he can do if Peyton Hillis can’t go

BEREA – Browns running back Mike Bell has suited up with two teams and played in 14 games this season, but he has only carried the football 42 times.
That number could grow exponentially Sunday when Cleveland hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in its season finale.
Standout starter Peyton Hillis did not practice all week because of sore […] Read More…

Browns notes: Coaches know they might not be around next week

BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini’s final scheduled press conference of the regular season occurred  Friday morning.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with the media in the afternoon.
Not surprisingly, the main topic at all three sessions was the same: Will any of them be employed in the same capacity next season?
“(My […] Read More…

Browns coach Eric Mangini expects Monday meeting regarding his future

BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini said Friday he expects to meet with president Mike Holmgren on Monday to review the season and find out if he returns for a third season.
The Browns (5-10) finish the season Sunday against Pittsburgh at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Steelers (11-4) would clinch the AFC North title with a […] Read More…

Toledo sees dozens of air conditioner thefts

TOLEDO — Police report thieves have been hot for air conditioners this month in one of Ohio’s largest cities. Toledo Police Lt. David Schmidt said the thefts likely have something to do with the rising price of copper, commonly found in air conditioning units. WTOL-TV reports more than two dozen have been stolen in December Read More…

Ohio income taxes going down 4.2 percent in 2011

COLUMBUS — Ohioans are about to receive the delayed final round of a five-part income tax cut. The arrival of the new year will bring state tax rates down by 4.2 percent, completing what was supposed to be a five-year, 21 percent reduction begun in 2005. But it will have taken six years finish the Read More…

Wadsworth’s Tavanello wins close match with Ohio State recruit Erb

The Grizzlies’ Nick Tavanello closes in on pinning Sonoraville’s Tyler Smith during the 215-pound semis. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

BROADVIEW HTS. — The feature match of the night at the 50th Brecksville Holiday Tournament highlighted now four-time event champion Cam Tessari of Monroeville and Padua’s Andrew Romanchik at 140 pounds. If there was a 1A bout, it would have been between Wadsworth’s Nick Tavanello and Wapakoneta’s Logan Erb at 215. Returning state champions in Read More…

Boys basketball: Sluggish start dooms Colts

EATON TWP. — Cloverleaf battled all night to try to overcome an early deficit, but just couldn’t make up the difference in a 52-39 loss. North Royalton (4-2) jumped to a 11-4 first quarter advantage and managed to hold off the scrappy Colts (3-6) to win the 10th annual Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament at Midview Read More…

Mom gets 8 years in prison for scalding daughter

Jessica Graham, 25, appears in court Thursday with her attorney Kevin Ondrey. Graham, of Harrisville Township, was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to scalding her 4-year-old daughter in a bathtub. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

MEDINA — A 25-year-old Harrisville Township woman who scalded her young daughter in a bathtub and waited almost four days to get her treated was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday. Jessica Graham, of 8507 Avon Lake Road, pleaded no contest last month to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and two charges of endangering Read More…

Port Authority issues $14.4 million in bonds

Bethany Dentler

MEDINA — The Medina County Port Authority issued $14.4 million in bonds for the countywide fiber-optic loop project just in time for Thursday’s deadline to use the stimulus-funded Recovery Zone Bonds. Bethany Dentler, administrator of the Port Authority, said many other projects were vying for buyers for the bonds. “We ran into a couple of Read More…

Medina graduate vows to make 52 Facebook applications in 52 weeks


MEDINA — Some make resolutions to lose weight, others to quit smoking, but a Medina High graduate has a uniquely modern New Year’s resolution for 2011: Create 52 Facebook applications in 52 weeks. Joshua Schwarz, 19, thought of the idea with friends at Case Western Reserve University, where he is a freshman computer science major. Read More…