December 22, 2014

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2 men arrested on drug-trafficking charges

WADSWORTH — Medina County Drug Task Force agents and Wadsworth police officers arrested three people Thursday in two separate drug investigations. Ryan J. Grifa, 32, of Akron, is accused of selling heroin and “bath salts” to an undercover agent from the drug task force. Wadsworth police arrested him following a traffic stop at 2:30 p.m. Read More…

Browns get an offensive lineman

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — California tackle Mitchell Schwartz admittedly doesn’t know much about Cleveland, but he is well aware what his role will be with the Browns. “Joe Thomas is probably the best left tackle in the game, so I understand I’ll be at right tackle,” the 6-foot-5 3/8, 318-pounder said. “Honestly, I’m Read More…

Day 2 of NFL draft is a bit boring

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA –— The second day of the three-day NFL Draft didn’t have nearly the buzz of the first for the Browns. One minor trade – not involving Colt McCoy. No college football superstars. No receivers. But Friday wasn’t without highlights for the Browns. They continued to remake the offense with California Read More…

Browns draft capsules

Draft capsules Trent Richardson Drafted: Round 1, 3rd overall pick (acquired from Vikings on draft night). College: Alabama. Position: Running back. Height: 5-foot-9¼. Weight: 228. Hometown: Pensacola, Fla. High school: Escambia (Fla). Major: General studies. Doak Walker Award winner as top running back in nation in 2011. … Finished third in Heisman Trophy voting. … Read More…

Bees, Grizzlies forge softball split

Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — Michelle DeAngelis watched her Wadsworth softball team knock off the eighth-ranked team in the state in a 5-4 thriller. Medina coach Jessica Toocheck witnessed her squad break out of a funk to win the second game 10-4 in an 11-hit affair against the Grizzlies. What does it all mean? Read More…

Cavaliers look back and ahead

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — Nick Gilbert brought the Cavaliers good luck again Friday. The popular 15-year-old son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert represented the team at a drawing in New York to break a draft order tie between Cleveland and New Orleans, who finished with identical 21-45 records. The Cavs won and would Read More…

Irving slam dunk to win Rookie of Year

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — For the first time this season, Kyrie Irving wasn’t named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month when the April winner was announced Friday. The honor went to Atlanta’s Ivan Johnson, but sometime soon the 20-year-old Cavaliers point guard will be named NBA Rookie of the Year. The league hasn’t Read More…

Browns get QB of future

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns now have their quarterback of the future in 28-year-old Brandon Weeden, meaning Colt McCoy could soon become part of their past. Cleveland snared the Oklahoma State signalcaller with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, sending a clear signal it is ready to move Read More…

Perez goes on DL

Chris Assenheimer The Gazette CLEVELAND — Left-hander Rafael Perez hasn’t resembled the same pitcher he’s been in the past. Now the Indians know why. Perez was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained left latissimus muscle. Cleveland recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus to take the roster spot. Though head trainer Lonnie Read More…

County’s population, housing trends explored

Tom Bier, an urban affairs specialist with Cleveland State University, speaks Thursday morning during a growth forum at the Medina County University Center in Lafayette Township. Bier's presentation included information about population growth and housing permits in the county. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Nearly 90 Medina County community and business leaders attended a forum Thursday to hear the latest on population growth, land preservation and economic trends. Tom Bier, an urban affairs specialist with Cleveland State University, said the county’s population has grown by approximately 40,000 people since 1996. There are about 172,000 residents, according Read More…