July 30, 2014

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Jury recommends death penalty for Cepec

Steven Cepec, 43, is handcuffed Thursday after a Medina County common pleas jury recommended the death penalty for killing Chatham Township historian Frank Munz, 73, in 2010. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The jury in the Frank Munz murder case recommended the death penalty Thursday for his killer, 43-year-old Steven Cepec. Cepec was found guilty Feb. 22 of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. Authorities said Cepec beat to death Munz, 73, with the claw-end of a hammer and strangled the Chatham Township historian Read More…

Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp gives up $83,000 bonus

MEDINA — Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp has volunteered to give up his $83,000 signing bonus, as well as merit raises in his new contract, according to the Medina City School board. “Now is the time for all of us in the community to come together in support of our schools. Economic challenges remain, and Read More…

School board member releases details of tentative pact

Bill Grenfell

MEDINA — Medina teachers weren’t supposed to learn the specifics of a tentative agreement on a wage contract until today. But school board member Bill Grenfell revealed some details of the pact Wednesday in an emailed response to a community member’s protests about Superintendent Randy Stepp’s new contract. John Leatherman, president of the Medina City Read More…

Steven Cepec asks jury to spare his life

Steven Cepec

MEDINA — In 2010, Steven Cepec told sheriff’s deputies he deserved to die for beating and strangling a 73-year-old man to death in his Chatham Township home. On Wednesday, Cepec pleaded with a Medina County common pleas jury to spare his life. The same jury found Cepec guilty last month of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary Read More…

Cavaliers get gift win from Mo Williams, Jazz

CLEVELAND — The first words that came out of the mouth of Cavaliers coach Byron Scott in his postgame press conference were, “Merry Christmas to us.” After playing in slow motion for most of the night, the Cavs got a big present Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, where they somehow found a way to defeat Read More…

Boys basketball: Knights bank in overtime winner vs. Blue Devils

Brunswick's Ryan Badowski reacts after Nordonia took the lead with .5 seconds remaining in overtime during the Copley District semi-final. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

COPLEY TWP. — Point guard Eli Linder was a non-factor for the first 35:59 of Nordonia’s Copley Division I District semifinal game against Brunswick. But boy, oh boy, did he make the final second count. Linder made a miraculous, perfectly defended 3-pointer with 0.5 ticks left in overtime Wednesday, giving the Knights a hair-raising 41-40 Read More…

5 locals make 1st team in All-Northeast Inland District basketball

Billy Geschke

COLUMBUS — Medina County will have at least five All-Ohioans. The All-Northeast Inland District basketball teams were released Wednesday by the Associated Press, and a solid year across the board resulted in county names being scattered all over. On the boys side, Medina senior Billy Geschke and Brunswick senior Kyle Wheeler were D-I first-team selections. Read More…

Nominees are being sought for Medina Sports Hall of Fame

MEDINA — Anyone who would like to nominate a candidate for the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame needs to send information to The Gazette by March 19. Information regarding the nominee’s athletic achievements should be sent to bszudlo@medina-gazette.com. A contact phone number must accompany the email. The 28th hall of fame banquet will be Read More…

Picketing Medina resident arrested in Strongsville

From staff and wire reports STRONGSVILLE — A picketing Strongsville middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning after police said he blocked the entrance to Center Middle School. Ian Steffen, 37, of 910 Wadsworth Road, Medina, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. The case will be heard in Berea Municipal Court. Steffen, who is Read More…

Website names Brunswick a top safe city in U.S.

Brunswick was ranked one of the nation’s 100 safest cities by neighborhoodscout.com. Pictured is Brunswick Town Center, the city’s retail hub. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick was ranked among the nation’s 100 safest cities, according to neighborhoodscout.com. Brunswick, ranked 85th by Neighborhood Scout, joins five other Ohio cities on the Top 100 list. Other ranked cites in Ohio include Mason at 100, Upper Arlington at 88, Dublin at 54 and North Ridgeville at 21. “When you’re on a Read More…