October 20, 2014

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Lodi police look for paintball shooter targeting homes, business

LODI — Flying paintballs are becoming somewhat prevalent in the village, as about a half dozen homes and a business have recently been targeted. Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough said four-to-six residences and D’Antonio’s Pizza shop, 110 Medina St., were hit by at least one paintball shooter over the past week or so. “We’ve just Read More…

Wheelchair-bound woman, 78, dies in Brunswick house fire

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By Steve Grazier, Loren Genson and Keira Manion-Fischer A wheelchair-bound elderly woman died early Wednesday when her Brunswick townhouse caught fire. Delia Kuzda, 78, was not conscious when firefighters reached her inside the home at 4699 Doral Drive, Brunswick Assistant Fire Chief Rick Barber said. Barber said Kuzda was disabled. She used a wheelchair and Read More…

Medina County in top 10 for licenses to carry concealed weapons

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From staff and wire reports More than 76,000 licenses to carry concealed weapons were issued in Ohio last year — the highest number reported in the state since the licensing began in 2004, the state attorney general reported Wednesday. Statistics released from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office show 64,650 new licenses and 12,160 renewal licenses Read More…

Where’s Diesel the English bulldog?

Diesel, a 5-year-old English bulldog, disappeared from his owners’ yard Feb. 16. (COURTESY PHOTO)

SHARON TWP. — A family believes its 5-year-old English bulldog was stolen from its yard earlier this month. John DiPaolo said Diesel was let out to the front yard about 2 p.m. Feb. 16. About a half-hour later the dog was missing. DiPaolo, his wife, Laura, and their three children live at 2473 Halle Drive. Read More…

Boys basketball: Hornets make plenty of noise vs. Bees

Tanner Houska celebrates with his temmates after Highland beat Medina  52-44 in a Copley Division I Sectional semifinal. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

COPLEY TWP. — Minutes after stunning sixth-seeded Medina 52-44 in the Copley Division I Sectional semifinals Wednesday, Highland boys basketball coach Michael Murphy gave a brief locker room speech, smiled to his players and said, “Let’s make a helluva lot of noise.” The volume and wackiness that ensued led to a lot of weird looks Read More…

State wrestling: Dean and Josh Heil count on each other

Brothers Josh Heil, a member of the Brunswick wrestling team, and Dean, a member of the St. Edward  squad, will be competing at the state wrestling tournament. Below, Dean offers encouragement as his brother Josh competes at the Cleveland Division I District. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

There is no tighter bond than the one shared by brothers. It’s clearly evident with Brunswick freshman wrestler Josh Heil and his older brother Dean, a three-time state champion at St. Edward. As Josh competed in his first district title match at 106 pounds last weekend at Cleveland State, Dean coached him alongside the mat. Read More…

Brunswick’s Zack Taylor won’t let wrestling season end

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COLUMBUS — The field at the State Individual Wrestling Championships is full of guys who were projected to be there. Then there are the guys no one expected — an underclassman who got on a roll at the right time or a senior that refused to let his final season end. Count Brunswick’s Zack Taylor Read More…

Cavs beat Raptors to wrap up rare winning month

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers had a winning February. January wasn’t too shabby, either. Now it’s on to March. Cleveland concluded the year’s shortest month with a 103-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, giving it a 4-1 record since the All-Star break. The Cavs (20-38), who are 13-13 since Read More…

Medina pastor celebrating decades of services

The Rev. John Peterson speaks during the April 2012 dedication of an addition to Fellowship Baptist Church in Medina while his wife, Senesa Peterson, looks on. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA — The pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church is celebrating 30 years at the pulpit. The church, at 901 W. Liberty St., will recognize the Rev. John Peterson and his wife, Senesa Peterson, at services next week. Peterson became the church’s second pastor 30 years ago — a year after he married. He succeeded the Read More…

Ohio sends out final ratings of school districts

From staff and wire reports COLUMBUS — Ohio’s final school report cards show no changes in the overall ratings of the seven districts serving Medina County students. Wadsworth, Highland and Cloverleaf remain graded “excellent with distinction” — the highest rating. Buckeye, Medina and Brunswick received the second highest grade — “excellent.” Black River was rated Read More…