November 27, 2014

Medina
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How does your commute time to work compare?

Workers returning home to Medina County on Tuesday evening make up much of the westbound traffic on state Route 18 at the Interstate 71 interchange. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

One of the big reasons so many urban dwellers pack up and move to suburban counties such as Medina is the wide open spaces. But there is a downside: a little longer commute to work. Workers in Ohio’s three largest urban counties — Cleveland’s Cuyahoga, Columbus’ Franklin and Cincinnati’s Hamilton — all have average commute Read More…

Sting catches alleged locker thief at Medina Rec Center

MEDINA — Staff at the Medina County Community Recreation Center set a trap and caught a thief Tuesday afternoon, police said. Timothy R. Carson, 27, of 3903 Reeves Lane, Medina Township, was charged with attempted theft, a second-degree misdemeanor. Recreation Supervisor Kurt Gehring said the trap was set because of reports in the past few Read More…

New contract of Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp stirs levy backlash

Randy Stepp

MEDINA — The furor over Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp’s new contract is fueling opposition to the school district’s 5.9-mill levy on the May ballot. A Facebook page called “Medina City Schools Outrage Page” appeared Tuesday — the same day as a Gazette report detailing Stepp’s contract, which provides annual compensation of at least $186,000 Read More…

E-mail response from Medina school board on Randy Stepp’s contract

The following is an e-mail response being circulated by the Medina school board regarding the controversy over Superintendent Randy Stepp’s new contract: Thank you for the email. I decided a long time ago that whatever I did on the BOE it would be based on what would be best for the students in this community. Read More…

Officer says Steven Cepec denied he had mental illness

Steven Cepec

MEDINA — A parole officer said Tuesday that convicted murderer Steven Cepec refused to get help for mental health problems a year before the slaying of 73-year-old Frank Munz. Medina County parole officer W. Jeff Taraschke told a jury that Cepec didn’t think he had a substance abuse problem or mental health issues, which he Read More…

Girls basketball: Grizzlies set up another rematch

Wadsworth’s McKenzie O’Brien goes up for a shot against Magnificat’s Bridget Pryatel in the first quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

NORTH ROYALTON — Wadsworth certainly found a unique way to a win a Division I regional semifinal game Tuesday against Magnificat. It wasn’t ideal and it certainly wasn’t girls basketball poetry, but style points are vastly overrated at this point of the season. After shooting like a bricklaying machine in the first quarter, the Grizzlies Read More…

Wadsworth defense rises up to save the day

Peyton Booth

The Wadsworth girls basketball team doesn’t wait for a made shot to apply full-court pressure. It’s a good thing, too, because the Grizzlies weren’t making much of anything Tuesday in the early stages of their Division I regional semifinal against Magnificat. Defense is a constant, though, and it often turns into offense for Wadsworth, which Read More…

Boys basketball: Blue Devils must handle pressure defense

Brunswick's Ryan Badowski throws down a dunk during a Blue Devils game against Mentor. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

COPLEY TWP. — The contrast in tempo will be striking, but it won’t faze Brunswick’s boys basketball team in the slightest. Six days after beating physical, slow-down Walsh Jesuit, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils (14-10) will get a heavy dose of full-court pressure tonight from top-seeded Nordonia (20-3) in the Copley Division I District semifinals. The Read More…

College notes: Addy Ferguson earns All-MAC honors

Addison Ferguson

It was just a year ago that Addy Ferguson was picking up medals and breaking school records while swimming for Cloverleaf. Now, the Ohio University freshman is winning Mid-American Conference championships and helping the Bobcats to a runner-up finish in the league. Ferguson was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and won an Read More…

Indians: Ryan Raburn’s power surge, versatility keep him in mix

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There’s no lower status in spring training than a non-roster player signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp. On the other hand, certain non-roster players are more equal than others. Ryan Raburn, for example, was leading all of exhibition baseball in home runs with four when Read More…