August 20, 2014

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Murder suspect arrested in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — A murder suspect was arrested early this morning in Wadsworth, according to Wadsworth Police. At 8:21 a.m. today, the Medina County SWAT team arrested David A. Stoddard, 24, of 241 14th St., Barberton on warrants of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. Earlier, at about 5 a.m., the Akron Police Department Read More…

Flu season hitting early, hard in Medina County

The state has seen an earlier and worse flu season than usual, and Medina County is no exception to this trend. Ohio has seen more than 10 times as many people hospitalized because of the flu so far this season compared with last year, according to numbers from the Ohio Department of Health. As of Read More…

Medina County auditor buoyed by falling foreclosures

Mike Kovack

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack said he thinks the county is on its way to economic recovery, and that the declining rate of foreclosure filings is proof. There were 842 foreclosure filings in 2012 — the lowest yearly number since 2007. “Without question, the housing market in Medina County is recovering,” Kovack said. Read More…

Utility wants Ohio customers to pay for storms

COLUMBUS — The utility company American Electric Power wants to make its Ohio customers pick up the $61.8 million tab for repairs from last summer’s severe storms. The utility’s reimbursement request filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is one of the largest ever in the state, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday. The increase, Read More…

Sean Carlson (1962-2013): The center of happiness who stood 6-foot-9

Sean Carlson

Sean Carlson made a big impression on people on and off the basketball court, and not just because he was 6-foot-9. The former Brunswick High and Ohio University center died Monday at the age of 50 from a heart attack, but memories of his exploits on the hardwood will live on for years to come. Read More…

Girls basketball: Grizzlies pound Hornets en route to win

Wadsworth at Highland Girls Basketball

GRANGER TWP. — Starting center Taylore Robinson was out with a cold. Her backup, Sabrina Parsons, has missed most of the season due to injury. In stepped freshman Jodi Johnson and up moved junior Madison Gilger as Wadsworth’s girls basketball team never missed a beat, shredding Medina County rival Highland 68-35 Thursday in Suburban League Read More…

Tribe: Nick Swisher excited to join the fray

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — It’s official. Nick Swisher is coming to Cleveland. And, get this, he’s actually excited to be headed this way. Beaming for nearly the entire news conference to announce his signing Thursday at Progressive Field, Swisher spoke of the many reasons he chose the Indians over others in the free-agent market — and it Read More…

4 interview for Browns coaching spot; Chip Kelly next up

Ken Whisenhunt

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner weren’t wasting time in Arizona while waiting to interview Oregon’s Chip Kelly. According to multiple reports, they’ve interviewed fired Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The Browns aren’t confirming any interviews before or after they occur. Read More…

Basketball notes: Colts embrace long holiday layoff

Medina's Nick Fryer scores over Hudson's Ben Gedeon during the fourth quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

For Black River and Wadsworth’s boys basketball teams and Black River and Cloverleaf’s girls, a long layoff has been hard to bear or blessing in disguise. The Pirates girls haven’t hit the court since losing to Smithville on Dec. 22 and won’t play again until Wednesday at Buckeye for a whopping 18-day layoff. The Grizzlies Read More…

Cloverleaf edges New Philadelphia in swimming

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Cloverleaf boys swim team defeated New Philadelphia 90-70 on Wednesday. Adam Goodreau, Josh Butt and Brice Bechtel paced the Colts, as each picked up a pair of individual firsts. Goodreau won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, Butt placed first in the 50 and 100 frees and Bechtel captured the 500 Read More…