August 28, 2014

Medina
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Relaxed LeBron focusing on here and now

CLEVELAND — Appearing very relaxed and confident, LeBron James took the politically correct approach Wednesday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. “Right now, I’m focused on right now,” the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder said when asked about possibly returning to the Cavaliers, the team his Miami Heat squad was to face later that night. “I don’t really get Read More…

Medina County ranks fourth in state health report

Medina County is the fourth healthiest county in Ohio, according to a new study. The study, released Wednesday, was done by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. The study ranked Ohio’s 88 counties by comparing deaths, illness, smoking, drinking, education, unemployment, physical environment and a variety of other factors. Medina only Read More…

Girls basketball: Jessica Banas throws block party

GRANGER TWP. — Buckeye center Jessica Banas was a rebounding and shot blocking machine throughout her Patriot Athletic Conference career. On Tuesday night, she was equally dominant against her foes in the 24th annual Medina County Senior All-Star Game. Banas amassed eight points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and seven blocked shots in leading Read More…

Boys basketball: Billy Geschke takes MVP honors

GRANGER TWP. — If one thing’s for sure, Billy Geschke probably hasn’t scored this many points off the bench. The two-time All-Ohio Medina guard ensured a big start held up for the Northeast Ohio Conference/Patriot Athletic Conference team Tuesday as it crushed the SL team 82-56 at “Hoopla,” the Medina County Senior All-Star Game. “It’s Read More…

Medina attorney-turned-judge makes all-female court

The judges on Ohio’s 9th District Court of Appeals, from left: Jennifer Hensal, Donna Carr, Carla Moore, Eve Belfance and Beth Whitmore. The state’s only all-female appellate court handles appeals from Medina, Lorain, Summit and Wayne counties. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

When Medina attorney Jennifer Hensal, far left, took her seat on the 9th District Court of Appeals last month, she made history: She became the fifth judge on Ohio’s first all-female appellate court. Hensal achieved the feat in last November’s election by defeating incumbent Judge Clair Dickenson, who had been the lone man on the Read More…

Upset of Heat tonight would be special for Cavs

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Byron Scott doesn’t think anybody can beat the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series right now. But with LeBron James and the Heat bringing their 23-game winning streak to Quicken Loans Arena tonight, Scott does subscribe to the theory that any NBA team can beat another on any given night. “Just Read More…

Workers told to rest easy on Sealy, Tempur-Pedic merger

The Sealy mattress plant, at 1070 Lake Road, Medina, will be getting a new sign following this week's acquisition of Sealy by Tempur-Pedic International. The merged company will be named Tempur Sealy International. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

MEDINA — The city’s Sealy Co. mattress plant will be getting a new sign outside, but little is expected to change inside as a result of the merger with rival Tempur-Pedic. “It doesn’t affect employees,” said Lisa Nowak, director of manufacturing at the plant, 1070 Lake Road, which employs 171 workers who make mattresses and Read More…

Manslaughter trial delays sentencing for stolen property

Andrew Lester

MEDINA — Sentencing for a 20-year-old West Virginia man convicted of receiving stolen checks has been held up pending the outcome of his trial on charges stemming from the hit-and-run killing of a motorcyclist. Andrew J. Lester is accused of crashing a stolen Ford pickup into a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Michael Newman, 36, of Read More…

Brunswick man gets more charges in court

Shane Wuensch

MEDINA — A 19-year-old Brunswick man arrested in connection with a Chippewa Lake home invasion pleaded not guilty Monday to drug trafficking. Shane Wuensch, 837 Pennys Drive, is accused of selling the hallucinogen 25B-NBOMe, a fifth-degree felony. His trial before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier is scheduled for May 20. Wuensch also is facing Read More…

Religious leaders appeal to law enforcement, council for guidance

Medina City Council's Health and Safety committee met Tuesday with local church leaders to talk about preparedness in the event of a mass shooting. From left, council members Mark Kolesar, Ward 3; Paul Rose, at-large; and President John Coyne. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

MEDINA — Local religious leaders are wrestling with a difficult issue: When should priests and ministers alert laws enforcement about a distraught person who might pose a threat to the community? Representatives from three local churches — St. Francis Xavier, St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Second Baptist — met Tuesday with city and safety officials Read More…