August 21, 2014

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More than 200 jump into Chippewa Lake for Polar Bear event

Is it the Blue Man Group or the Smurfs? "Take your pick," said Eric Burlingame, the fourth jumper from the left this group of jumpers during Saturday's third annual Polar Bear Run, Walk and Jump at Chippewa Lake. Pictured from left are Lake Erie College graduates Taylor Jonard, David Dunne, Kevin Chapman, Burlingame and Barrett Fredrickson. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

CHIPPEWA LAKE — No one was wondering whether the water was cold. Going simply by the looks on their faces, they just knew it. About 220 people made the plunge into a 35-degree Chippewa Lake on Saturday afternoon, jumping off the lake’s beachside dock solo or with a group of friends or relatives for the Read More…

Cat stuck in Medina tree rescued by neighbor

Gretchen Weber holds a rescued cat Saturday in her home. The cat spent multiple days stuck in a tree on Weber's property at 1099 Brandywine Drive. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — A calico cat stuck for days in a city neighborhood tree has been rescued. Needy meows were heard since Wednesday by neighbors on the 1100 block of Brandywine Drive, where the cat had been stuck about 100 feet up in the branches of the tree. But Jeffrey Bumbulis, the owner of Treemasters Tree Read More…

Montville Twp. intersection to get flashing lights

Two drivers were injured Dec. 21 in a three-vehicle crash involving a school bus, semitrailer and car at state Route 57 and Poe Road in Montville Township. It was one of five accidents at the intersection in December. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

By Loren Genson and Steve Grazier MONTVILLE TWP. — Flashing lights will be added to stop signs on Poe Road at state Route 57 as a quick fix for the intersection, which was the site of five crashes last month. But township trustees say a better solution would be converting the intersection into a roundabout. Read More…

Criminal charge dropped in Facebook case

MEDINA — The American Civil Liberties Union is applauding Friday’s dismissal in Medina Municipal Court of a criminal charge against a Lorain County man who posted a Facebook message cheering the Newtown, Conn., school gunman. “Today’s dismissal further confirms our argument that the defendant’s statements were protected speech under the First Amendment,” said James Hardiman, Read More…

Boys basketball: Bucks overcome 16-point deficit to win

Buckeye’s Curtis Kinney goes up for a rebound over Brooklyn’s Deric Martin in the second quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

YORK TWP. — Between a gaggle of one-possession victories that lead to restless late nights taking care of 1-month-old son Tyson, Matt Saunders may need an EKG sooner rather than later. His Buckeye boys basketball team continues to win, albeit in a highly frustrating way. Then again, there’s no denying the Bucks’ swagger as they Read More…

Tough sledding for the Grizzlies at the very end

Wadsworth’s Nathan Pound goes up for a shot between Green’s Dan Fanelly, left, and Nicholas Reale in the first quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

GREEN — With 2:30 left on the clock, it was do-or-die time for the Green and Wadsworth boys basketball teams. The score was knotted up and both teams needed a key Suburban League win. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, they fell flat. The Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch to earn a crucial 61-53 win and Read More…

Browns: DC Ray Horton talks 3-4 defense, Chud 4-3

Rob Chudzinski

Well, what’s it going to be? Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and defensive coordinator Ray Horton seem to have a disagreement on what kind of defense they’ll run. Chudzinski repeated Thursday night at the Cleveland Sports Awards that the Browns will use a hybrid of 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. He’s stressed scheme flexibility several times since Read More…

Logan Winkler finds shooting touch for Bees

Logan Winkler

SOLON — While Logan Winkler admits wearing a protective face mask has been an adjustment, the Medina guard will never use it as an excuse. The senior, however, has been waiting for a breakout shooting night since the addition of the head gear earlier this month. Winkler got it Friday, as he looked like NBA Read More…

Unique lineup produces victory for Cavs

Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers won Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena because of a fourth-quarter lineup of Shaun Livingston, Daniel Gibson, Wayne Ellington, Luke Walton and Marreese Speights. Much more difficult to explain is how that unconventional, never-before-seen group helped Cleveland rally for a thrilling 113-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in front of 15,098 Read More…

Boys basketball: Charity stripe kind to Hornets

Tanner Houska

BATH TWP. — The Highland boys basketball team used the free throw line to its advantage Friday night to hold off upset-minded Revere 54-51 in Suburban League action. Although the Minutemen (1-13, 1-8) had five more field goals, the Hornets connected on 19-of-26 freebies. In the critical fourth quarter, Austin Adams (14 points, 10 rebounds) Read More…