November 24, 2014

Medina
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New budget gives raises to Medina County workers

Steve Hambley

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners Tuesday approved a 2013 budget calling for spending $34.5 million, about 2 percent more than last year. Commissioners said much of the increase will go for pay hikes for county employees, who haven’t seen raises in five years. Commissioners authorized department heads and other elected officials to grant pay increases Read More…

Protest shuts operations at Ohio gas drilling facility

NEW MATAMORAS — Authorities say a protest by members of environmental groups temporarily shut down operations at a gas drilling waste storage site in southeast Ohio. The Washington County sheriff’s office said it happened Tuesday at the GreenHunter Water storage facility in New Matamoras on the Ohio River. About 100 people staged the protest, which Read More…

Brunswick bank robbed Tuesday afternoon, chase ensues

Officers from multiple departments worked to arrest Hugh G. Crouch, top, in Montville Township after Huntington Bank was reported robbed in Brunswick. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVILLE TWP. POLICE DEPT.)

Hugh G. Crouch doesn’t fit the profile of a bank robber. But police said that’s just what the 70-year-old Hinckley Township man did Tuesday afternoon. Crouch was arrested Tuesday after police said he robbed a Brunswick bank and led police on a high-speed chase through half of Medina County, sideswiping a police cruiser in the Read More…

Billy Geschke nets 1,000th point; Branden Wilkins erupts for 30

Medina senior Billy Geschke celebrates with teammates Logan Winkler, Dillion Wiesler and Brandon Wilkins after scoring his 1000th in the first quarter of their game against Akron East. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

MEDINA — It came as no surprise that Billy Geschke reached his career milestone. What no one saw coming was the performance of Branden Wilkins. The inside-outside duo was unstoppable Tuesday, leading Medina’s boys basketball team to a gritty 65-62 non-league win over Akron East. Geschke hit nothing but net on an open 17-foot jumper Read More…

Five Bucks get to see plenty of playing time in victory

Buckeye’s Mike Bacho goes up for a shot against Black River’s Zach Sword in the first quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

YORK TWP. — Matt Cox, Curtis Kinney, Nick Prest, Mike Bacho and “Pistol Jim” Vealey are the only seniors on the Buckeye boys basketball team, but they’ve rarely played together in a game. That changed Tuesday, as they started on senior night and played the entire first period and the bulk of the third as Read More…

Boys basketball: Hornets dodge bullet in win vs. Ellet

Brennan Scott

By Chad Grant AKRON — The Ellet boys basketball team had a surprise for Highland in a late-season, non-league matchup. The Orangemen came out chucking — and hitting — while building an early lead, but the Hornets eventually regained their composure and pulled away for a 63-53 win Tuesday. Highland (13-8) came into the game Read More…

College notes: Nikki Boltja leads Louisville upset of OSU

Nikki Boltja has made a habit of scoring goals in her lacrosse career, but her final three scores Saturday in an upset of nationally ranked Ohio State will be ones the Louisville junior won’t soon forget. Boltja scored two goals to tie the score late in regulation before netting the eventual game-winner in helping the Read More…

Steven Cepec case could go to jury today

Steven Cepec

MEDINA — The day after the slaying of Frank Munz, Medina County sheriff’s detectives told Steven Cepec he could face the death penalty. “I deserve it,” Cepec said. “Why do you deserve it?” Detective Tadd Davis asked. “Because I killed him,” he said through tears. A video recording of the exchange was shown to the Read More…

Brunswick school board officially pulls levy from ballot

BRUNSWICK — Voters won’t see another attempt at a school levy in Brunswick until November at the earliest. On Tuesday night, school board members voted unanimously to withdraw a nine-year, 5.9-mill levy from the May 6 ballot. The board previously had taken the first steps to put the levy on the ballot, but reversed course Read More…

Wadsworth Schools, union to try again on new contract

WADSWORTH — City school officials plan to meet with union leaders representing the district’s non-teaching, support staff this afternoon. Both sides said they hope to reach a deal on a contract that expired June 30. Talks that began in April broke off after the union membership in December rejected the recommendation of its negotiating team Read More…