February 11, 2016


Wadsworth police want help finding truck arsonist

Two Ford Ranger pickup trucks were set on fire early Sunday morning at Car Quest Auto in Wadsworth. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WADSWORTH POLICE DEPT.)

WADSWORTH — City police are seeking assistance in determining who set fire to two pickup trucks in a parking lot of a downtown business. Lt. Rob Wyrick, of the Wadsworth Police Department, said the fire scorched two Ford Ranger pickup trucks at 1:04 a.m. Sunday at Car Quest Auto, 1320 High St. One truck was Read More…

Power lost after storm hits Medina County

The Chippewa Inlet Trail is flooded Tuesday between Lake and Ballash roads in Lafayette Township. The water rose from the neighboring wetlands. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

By Loren Genson, Kiera Manion-Fischer and Steve Grazier Editor’s note: As of 10 a.m. today, there are 103 customers without power in Medina County, according to First Energy’s website. Medina County was pounded with high winds and drenching rain courtesy of superstorm Sandy. But property damage was minimal compared to areas to the north. Streams Read More…

Five roads shut down in county

Ned Jerome, a Fabrizi Trucking and Paving Co. employee, fixes a broken road sign near Lake and Wedgewood roads in Lafayette Township on Tuesday. He said he was on his way home from work when he saw the sign. “It looks like someone ran into it,” he said, but the damage also could have been caused by high winds. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Editor’s note: The Ohio Department of Transportation reports that all state routes in Medina County are open. Parts of five Medina County roads were closed Tuesday because of high water and high winds from superstorm Sandy’s rainfall, and 17 more roads are at risk of closing, according to county officials. Sections of the following county Read More…

Anderson Varejao big in opening win for Cavs

Washington’s Jan Vesely, rear, defends Cleveland’s Alonzo Gee in the second quarter. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said center Anderson Varejao “must be a nightmare” for other teams to prepare for. Power forward Tristan Thompson called the wild-haired Brazilian “a horse.” And point guard Kyrie Irving said it is “the greatest feeling in the world” to have the 6-foot-11, 260-pounder on his side. All Varejao did Read More…

Regional soccer: Medina knows they must produce more goals

Michael Clendenin  and the Medina boys soccer team will take on Westlake tonight in a Nordonia Division I Regional semifinal. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

MACEDONIA — While Medina’s boys soccer team earned its first trip to regionals since 2007 Saturday with a stout defensive effort, it knows it needs to create more chances offensively to move on. The Bees had just three shots on goal in the Brunswick Division I District title-clinching 1-0 victory over Highland, but realize if Read More…

Girls soccer: Bees regional match slated for Thursday

ROCKY RIVER — The Medina girls soccer team’s Division I regional semifinal with Westlake has been rescheduled for Thursday at Rocky River. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The Bees (12-5-2), who are playing in their first regional game since 2009, lost to the Demons (11-6-1) 2-1 earlier this season.

Dan Gilbert revisits Cavs’ fateful summer

Dan Gilbert

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert learned a few things when his franchise lost superstar LeBron James through free agency in July 2010. One, make sure you get something of value in return. Two, don’t make guarantees. Gilbert revisited that fateful summer while meeting with the media Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena prior to Read More…

Browns’ offense is showing plenty of promise

The 9-to-1 punt-to-touchdown ratio Sunday against the Chargers was as miserable as the weather that played a starring role in the struggles. The 20 points in the last two games aren’t nearly enough, and the Browns could be considered lucky to have split the decisions. The offensive stats are improved from 2011, but most still Read More…

Medina auto shop drives breast cancer awareness

MEDINA — OK, so it might not be your mother’s way of raising money for breast cancer research. Maybe your father’s? A local car repair shop advertised “free brakes for breasts” and “toot for the tatas” in October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Leigh Anne Best, marketing director for Mighty Auto Pro, said the Read More…

Cleveland man gets 24 years in prison for molesting 5 boys

A Cleveland man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to molesting five boys — including one at a Medina County campground. Darin Casper, 49, also pleaded guilty to 150 counts involving child pornography. In addition to the prison term, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Robert McClelland ordered Casper Read More…