November 23, 2014

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Track & field: Stephanie Charnigo aims for the Olympics

Stephanie Charnigo

Stephanie Charnigo is on the run. So far, she’s gone from Buckeye High to the University of Findlay to the New Jersey-New York Track Club. Next stop? Probably the 800-meter Olympic Trials, to be held in Eugene, Ore., in late June. “Getting to the trials is more an expectation,” Charnigo said Thursday. “It’s not like Read More…

Girls basketball: Buckeye guard ‘Bowles’ opponents over

Buckeye senior Ashley Bowles has made a mark on defense. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Again and again, Buckeye’s Ashley Bowles bounces up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hard screen or an aggressive box out, the senior guard will battle with just about anyone to help her team win. “I have always been an aggressive player,” Bowles said. “But with this being my senior year, I’m going out with Read More…

Swimming notes: Addy Ferguson, Mike Pavlak are out to defend SL crowns

Mike Pavlik

A year ago, Cloverleaf swimming coach Mike McGee saw Suburban League success turn into state accomplishment for Addy Ferguson. The same went for Wadsworth coach Autumn Reeves, who watched Elaina Lanson and Mike Pavlak spin league superiority into a dip in the state pool. With the SL Championships scheduled for this weekend, both coaches expect Read More…

Boys basketball: The Bees are showing some life

Medina’s Mason Schreck battles for a rebound against Twinsburg’s Malik Billingsley. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

The Medina boys basketball team proved records can be deceiving by handling Medina County rival Wadsworth 58-42 in non-league play Tuesday. The Bees (3-9) lost Michigan State recruit Kenny Kaminski for the season to a shoulder injury and have struggled to pick up victories during coach Anthony Stacey’s first season. They haven’t quit, however, and Read More…

Medina girls shined under pressure against Bulldogs

Pari Yost

It may be late January, but Medina’s girls basketball team has already experienced a little of what the postseason will be like. In a Northeast Ohio Conference crossover game with Stow, the Bees outlasted the Bulldogs 63-59 in double overtime. While a road win in the second half of the season is always crucial, to Read More…

Medina youth football chief arrested for alleged theft, forgery

Michael T. Butts

MEDINA — Police arrested a former coach Thursday who is accused of stealing money from Medina Bees Youth Football, a now-defunct league. A county grand jury indicted Michael T. Butts, 47, of 966 Guilford Blvd., on three counts: engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; and forgery, Read More…

Police cite a Medina man for having an alligator in home

James Moye, of Medina, holds Harley, his 10-year-old American alligator, Thursday outside his mother’s house in Medina Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LIZ SHEAFFER)

MEDINA — Thurman James Moye will have to see his alligator later. On Wednesday, police cited Moye, 37, for having an alligator at his home, 400 N. Court St., a violation of city code. On Thursday, Moye, who goes by his middle name, moved the 10-year-old alligator, named Harley, to his mother’s house in Medina Read More…

Judge rules Brunswick building official should not have been fired

Christopher Collier

BRUNSWICK — The city is appealing a judge’s ruling that Roger Westfall should not have been fired as development director/chief building official in 2010. The decision, handed down by Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on Jan. 13, states the city could not terminate an employee more than two years after he improperly was appointed Read More…

Police need help finding Brunswick auto thief

BRUNSWICK — An Akron man was arrested Thursday after he was caught driving a car that was allegedly stolen from a gas station in Brunswick, according to police. A city resident reported Wednesday night he left the engine running and his wallet and phone in his car while he went into the Speedway gas station, Read More…

Wadsworth Crime Waves for Jan. 27, 2012

Wadsworth police Thursday, Jan. 19 3:30 p.m. — 222 E. Smokerise Drive, an officer responded to Walmart regarding an employee who allegedly was stealing money from a cash register. Kately Shaffer, 20, of 1444 Wuchter St., reportedly admitted to the charge in addition to having marijuana in her vehicle. She was cited for theft and Read More…