October 20, 2014

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Medina County Sheriff’s Office drones cleared for flight

Sgt. Jim Sanford, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, holds one of two drones Wednesday the Sheriff’s Office is using for training. Sanford and Deputy Bob Locher are training to pilot the aircraft. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

By Steve Grazier and Loren Genson It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a drone. The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is the only sheriff’s agency in Ohio with a Federal Aviation Administration permit to fly unmanned aircraft. The sheriff’s two drones look like model helicopters, but operate basically like the larger drones used by Read More…

Parma dealer charged for gun show shooting in Medina

Harry Magocky

MEDINA — Misdemeanor criminal charges have been filed against a 59-year-old Parma gun dealer who shot and wounded his partner while handling a semiautomatic pistol at a gun show last month at the Community Center on the Medina County Fairgrounds. Harry G. Magocky, 59, of Parma, is charged with negligent assault and discharging a firearm Read More…

Medina Ice Festival this weekend looks to be biggest yet

MEDINA — This weekend’s 19th annual Medina Ice Festival will feature more ice sculptures than ever — about 60. The festival is one of the city’s biggest attractions, drawing between 20,000 and 25,000 people over four days, said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina. “This time of year, people are looking for something Read More…

Girls basketball: Bees win River championship again

Medina’s Sarah Kinch and Angela Tensy celebrate a  54-42 win over Mayfield. The victory gives the Bees the outright Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

By Chad Grant MEDINA — He was green, but not with envy. After the Medina girls basketball team cut down the nets following its 54-42 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division-clinching win over Mayfield on Wednesday, much of the first batch of celebratory cupcakes with green icing ended up on coach Chris Hassinger’s face. Forgive the Read More…

Cavs let game slip away vs. San Antonio

CLEVELAND — Dion Waiters could have been the hero. He ended up being the goat. He was a stand-up goat, but a goat nonetheless. After hitting a late step-back jumper to put the Cavaliers up two, the rookie had a mental lapse and left his man in the closing moments, allowing Kawhi Leonard to hit Read More…

Swimming: Medina’s Tim Varrelmann remains on nice roll

Medina’s Tim Varrelmann is having the time of his life in the pool. Varrelmann will compete in the 100 and 200 freestyles at the Cleveland Division I District. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

There isn’t much that gets to Tim Varrelmann. It’s an attitude that has helped make the Medina senior one of the top swimmers in Medina County. It’s also one attribute that might help him earn his first state berth this weekend at the Cleveland Division I District Meet. Varrelmann came up short of a bid Read More…

Blue Devils lose out on sharing basketball title

Brunswick's Paige Salisbury pushes the ball up the floor against North Royalton's Nikki Newman during the first quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

BRUNSWICK — The magic finally ran out. The Brunswick’s girls basketball team poured its heart and soul onto the court in an effort to get back into the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division race. Its last obstacle came Wednesday against North Royalton, but Alison Smolinski had other plans and led the Bears to a 38-26 Read More…

Cavs notes: Team comes first for Spurs

Tony Parker

CLEVELAND — The San Antonio Spurs brought an NBA-best 41-12 record into their game against the Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. They also brought a 16th-year pro in power forward Tim Duncan, a 12-year veteran in point guard Tony Parker, an 11-year veteran in Manu Ginobili and a 17th-year head coach in Gregg Read More…

Girls basketball: Grizzlies perfect in SL again

BATH TWP. — Another year, another perfect season in the Suburban League. The Wadsworth girls basketball team won its 47 consecutive SL game Wednesday with a convincing 61-28 decision over Revere. Reigning Gazette MVP Rachel Goddard led the Grizzlies (20-2, 14-0) with game highs of 13 points and four assists, while senior classmates Taylore Robinson Read More…

Witnesses place Steven Cepec near crime scene

Steven Cepec

MEDINA — Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman called a parade of witnesses to the stand Wednesday to place Steven Cepec back in Chatham Township the day Frank Munz was killed. Cepec is on trial in Medina County Common Pleas Court this week, charged with aggravated murder in the slaying of the 73-year-old Chatham Township historian Read More…