July 22, 2014

Medina
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Baseball: Blue Devils sweat out key victory

Gerry Salisbury

BRUNSWICK — Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that Todd Winston missed Brunswick’s baseball game with North Royalton due to the flu Wednesday. Had the sixth-year coach been in the dugout, Gerry Salisbury would have elevated his blood pressure to dangerous levels. The All-Gazette left-hander consistently put runners on base but kept them from Read More…

Softball: Crushing defeats sweep away any SL title hopes

Highland’s Taylor MacWhade hits a single in the bottom of the third. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

GRANGER TWP. — The Highland softball team hung around for more than three weeks in the first game, but wasted no time giving away the nightcap Wednesday. Knowing they needed a sweep to get back in the Suburban League race, the Hornets lost 2-1 in 13 innings to Tallmadge in a game that was suspended Read More…

Soccer: MVP Libertowski hooks up with Ohio Northern

MEDINA — Medina’s Nate Libertowski was one of the top soccer players in Medina County last season. Now The Gazette MVP will be joining one of the top Division III college programs. Libertowski officially made his commitment to Ohio Northern University, the reigning national runner-up. “It means a lot to be going to a program Read More…

Baseball: Bees, Teachout are feeling good

Cory Teachout

ELYRIA — Cory Teachout had his biggest hit to break open a close game Wednesday, leading Medina’s baseball team to a 6-1 win over Elyria in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action. Teachout’s one-out triple to deep right-center in the fifth inning scored Brian Letts to put the Bees (11-7, 6-2) up 2-0, and they Read More…

Railway crossings made safer by county taskforce

Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman talks railroad safety with Randall Schumacher, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Geissman chairs the county Railroad Safety Taskforce, which works to improve track crossings and had its 100th meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

In 2011, there was one crash between a car and a train at Medina County railroad crossings, in the latest data available. In 2001, there were eight. County Commissioner Pat Geissman credited the dramatic change to the Medina County Railroad Safety Taskforce, which was established in 2002. “We don’t know how many lives have been Read More…

Wadsworth Schools hires Andrew Hill as superintendent

Andrew Hill

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth Board of Education has chosen a new superintendent. He’s Andrew Hill, now superintendent of Waterloo Schools in Atwater, Portage County. The school board unanimously approved hiring Hill at a special meeting Wednesday night. “I think you’re all going to find we’ve got the guy,” board President Chuck Pfeister said. Pfeister said Read More…

County follows traffic death trend

Emergency responders load Rory Flynn, 17, a junior at Buckeye High School,  into a helicopter during a mock accident at the school Wednesday. The program is part of the school’s campaign to prevent drunken driving during prom and graduation season. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

So far this year, Medina County hasn’t seen a single traffic death. Last year at this time — a full third of the way through the calendar — there was one fatal crash. In 2011, four deaths were recorded in the first four months.   It’s been a good year for traffic safety across Ohio: Read More…

Owner of horses pleads guilty to animal cruelty

WADSWORTH — A Guilford Township woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to neglecting more than two dozen horses and donkeys. Tori Wilfred, 43, of 3835 Blake Road, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, which are second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to three months in jail on each count. Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine Read More…

Wadsworth Republicans face off in Tuesday’s at-large primary

Joe Rodgers

WADSWORTH — Four Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination for three at-large Wadsworth City Council seats in Tuesday’s primary. Registered Republicans from all 15 precincts in the city will cast their votes May 7 for Joe Rodgers, Bob Thurber, Robert Titus or David Williams. The top three vote-getters will join incumbent Democrat Patricia Haskins Read More…

Appeal: Man has human right to procreate

Asim Taylor

ELYRIA — Asim Taylor has a basic human right to procreate, the attorney for the Elyria man barred from having children while he is on probation wrote in appeal documents filed Wednesday. Taylor, who pleaded guilty to charges he failed to pay nearly $100,000 in back child support for the four children he’s already fathered, Read More…