September 30, 2014

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Lodi pastor watches pickup truck leave road, crash into his garage

LODI — A village pastor driving home Wednesday afternoon witnessed something happen to his home that most people probably have not. David Dake, pastor of the First Congressional Church in Lodi, was traveling east at 3:03 p.m. on High Street when he saw a 1997 Chevy 1500 pickup truck heading the opposite direction cut across Read More…

Judge: Steven Cepec multiple confessions admissible in trial

Steven Cepec

MEDINA — A judge ruled Monday that Steven Cepec’s multiple confessions that he killed a 73-year-old Chatham Township man are admissible at his capital murder trial. Cepec, 43, is accused of the June 3, 2010, slaying of Frank Munz, of 5394 Richman Road. He faces four counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder and Read More…

Commentary: LeBron James could return to Cavs in 2014

Miami’s LeBron James, right, drives to the basket against Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas Sunday. Talk is starting to heat up about James returning to Cleveland. (AP PHOTO)

The earliest it can happen is 17 months from now, but local sports talk radio is already diving into the subject every time it gets tired of discussing the NFL Draft, one of 37 Browns hires, the Super Bowl or Art Modell’s Hall of Fame candidacy. We are talking, for better or worse, for richer Read More…

NHL: Rangers send Brunswick native Mike Rupp to Wild

New York Rangers' Mike Rupp competes for the puck with Carolina Hurricanes' Jamie McBain in March 2012. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Brunswick native Mike Rupp is known around the NHL for being rough, tough, and skilled. Now, he’s about to get a little Wild. The New York Rangers traded Rupp to the Minnesota Wild on Monday, dealing the 33-year-old power forward for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri. Rupp is expected to fly into Read More…

OSU basketball: Buckeyes have tough stretch ahead

Thad Matta

By Rusty Miller COLUMBUS — As he was preparing to speak with reporters on Monday, Ohio State coach Thad Matta coughed and sneezed. He said several of his players also had bad colds. Someone said, “At least you don’t have any big games to play.” “No,” he said with a grin. “It’s another week.” Far Read More…

College notes: Michael Griffith has stellar weekend

Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith is fifth in the Super Region I rankings and the Mercyhurst sophomore lived up to the billing this past weekend. The Medina graduate notched one of the biggest wins of his young college career as the 149-pounder defeated Pitt-Johnstown’s Jack Bachman, ranked third in the region, in a marathon match. It wasn’t quite Read More…

Prep Athletes of the Week for Feb. 5

Jeff Miller

Boys basketball Jeff Miller, Buckeye: Junior center scored career-high 27 points in important Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division victory at Wellington. … Improved previous best by 11 points. … Added 11 rebounds. … Second varsity season. … Father, Jeff, and uncle, Bob, also played for school. Girls basketball Anna Rose Wiencek, Highland: Junior power forward Read More…

Music therapy fills the halls of Medina Hospital

Julia Mansfield, a Baldwin Wallace University student, plays a guitar in the main lobby of Medina Hospital on Friday afternoon during a concert for staff, patients and visitors. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

MEDINA — Local musicians and students from Baldwin Wallace University are volunteering their time to play music for patients and staff at Medina Hospital. The hospital hopes to host the concerts at least once per month. “We think it’s helpful for the patients’ relaxation and well-being, as well as the staff,” said Joe Rinderknecht, hospital Read More…

Ohio governor’s budget: Income tax cut, hikes elsewhere

Ohio Gov. John Kasich presents the fiscal year 2014-15 executive budget proposal during a news conference Monday in Columbus. (AP PHOTO)

Staff and wire reports COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich proposed a sweeping budget Monday that reduces state income and small business taxes through increases in other areas, boosts school funding and expands Medicaid services with help from the federal government. The Republican governor said the $63.1 billion, two-year spending blueprint represents “the right mix” of Read More…

New Medina County chief deputy clerk named

MEDINA — Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth has named Albert Shirer as the new chief deputy clerk. Shirer was the Medina Municipal Court clerk for 10 years and served 12 years as court administrator for the probate and juvenile courts in Medina and Wayne counties. Most recently, Shirer, who is a lawyer, was Read More…