November 28, 2014

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Rob Chudzinski thrilled to be coach

BEREA — Rob Chudzinski didn’t have the biggest name in the Browns’ coaching search. His resume is solid but lacks a Super Bowl and head coaching experience. His hiring Thursday night surprised plenty of people across the NFL. But desire can’t be discounted, and no one wanted it more. “For me, personally, it’s the best Read More…

Browns will look for versatility with defensive scheme

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — The angst among fans over a possible switch from the 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4 might’ve been for naught. New coach Rob Chudzinski said the defensive coordinator he hires will determine if the Browns are a 4-3 or 3-4 base, but either scheme will have versatility. “There’s a Read More…

Hiring Chudzinski is solid move

  The Browns reached out to Alabama’s Nick Saban and wooed Oregon’s Chip Kelly, but couldn’t land either high-profile name. They also spoke with Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, along with CFL veteran Marc Trestman, and NFL lifers Ken Whisenhunt, Ray Horton and Mike Zimmer. None of them, however, won the affections Read More…

New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski: It’s the best job. This one is special

BEREA – Rob Chudzinski interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past, but had never landed one. That changed Thursday night when he was hired as the 14th full-time coach in Browns history. It was worth the wait. “For me, personally, it’s the best job,” he said this morning at an introductory news conference. “This Read More…

Child rapist from Lodi writes family detailing crime

John Robinette

MEDINA — A Lodi man who wrote letters from jail to parents detailing his rape of their 6-year-old daughter will spend 25 years to life in prison. John I. Robinette Jr., 21, of 594 Oakwood Drive, Apt. 3, was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest in November to four counts of raping a child younger Read More…

Local pharmacy offers drug presecriptions personalized for customers

Pharmacist and hormone specialist Jackie Mallett and Clinical Apothecaries owner Jeffrey Potter work in the back room of the business’s Medina office. Potter, a pharmacist, also serves as director of compounding services for the office. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Jeffrey Potter is proud of his work preparing drug prescriptions customized for patients. That’s why Potter is doing everything he can to distinguish his locally owned business from corporate-owned facilities, such as the New England Compounding Center that was blamed for dozens of deaths caused by doses of steroids contaminated with meningitis. Potter, who owns Read More…

Ohio child dies from flu complications

COLUMBUS — Ohio health authorities say a child has died from flu complications as the state’s flu-associated hospitalizations climb. Health Department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock said the department won’t release other information about the child. It’s the first confirmed flu-related child death in the state in the current influenza season. There have also been reports of Read More…

Rob Chudzinski hired as Browns new head coach

Rob Chudzinski

Chud is back. Rob Chudzinski has joined the Browns’ coaching staff for the third time in his career. This time as the 14th full-time head coach in franchise history. He was hired Thursday night, and will be introduced at a news conference this morning at 11. Chudzinski, 44, was born and raised in Toledo and Read More…

Girls basketball: Booths have starring roles at Wadsworth

Wadsworth girls basketball coach Andrew Booth and  daughter Peyton have a story worthy of the big screen. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

Sheryl Yoast, meet Peyton Booth. Spunky little Sheryl, played by Hayden Panettiere, was the young, football-crazed daughter of coach Bill Yoast in the 2000 hit movie “Remember the Titans,” which starred Denzel Washington as coach Herman Boone. Peyton, the daughter of current Wadsworth girls basketball coach Andrew Booth, not only yelled instructions to varsity players Read More…

Softball coach Merle Simmons won’t be returning to Black River

Merle Simmons

SULLIVAN TWP. — Winning isn’t everything after all. Merle Simmons led Black River’s softball team to uncharted waters. The Pirates were one out away from the Division III state semifinals last spring and were district runner-up in 2011, when Simmons was named Gazette Spring Coach of the Year. That wasn’t enough for the school to Read More…