August 21, 2014

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Track and field: Runkle will run key relay leg

Medina pole vaulter Jenna D’Errico will compete in the pole vault on Saturday in the Division I state track meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RAY RIEDEL)

COLUMBUS — Before this season, Leah Runkle didn’t know exactly how to run the 400-meter dash. A 100 and 200 runner for most of her career, the Wadsworth junior has not only learned the techniques of running the event, she is a key leg on one of the state’s top 4×400 relay teams, along with Read More…

Tribe: Cleveland picks Georgia high school outfielder

CLEVELAND — The Indians went down to Georgia for their first-round selection in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Owning just one pick (No. 5 overall) within the first two rounds, Cleveland used it to take Loganville High School (Ga.) center fielder Clint Frazier — this year’s Gatorade High School Player of the Read More…

Browns: Receivers are no longer a weak link

BEREA — Davone Bess and Travis Benjamin — the “undersized” receivers — went the six offseason practices open to the media without a dropped pass of note. Josh Gordon and Greg Little — the big, fast starting wideouts — let a few balls hit the ground, but showed playmaking versatility from outside and the slot. Read More…

15 animals killed in Guilford Twp. barn fire

Flames consumed a pole barn on Guilford Road in Guilford Township on Thursday morning, killing 12 goats and three donkeys. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Karen Larson stared through teary eyes at the smoke rising from the remains of a barn that used to house 15 of her friends. Now the barn and Larson’s friends — three miniature donkeys and 12 goats — are gone, victims of a fire that decimated the single-story structure at 8986 Guilford Road on Thursday Read More…

Memorial dedicated to teens killed in crash last year

Community members and members of  St. Ambrose Catholic Parish gather for Thursday’s dedication of a memorial to four teenagers killed in a car crash last spring. The teens were Brunswick High School students and St. Ambrose parishioners. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

BRUNSWICK — Community members and members of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish gathered at the base of a hill behind the church Thursday to honor the lives of four Brunswick High School students killed last spring in a car accident. Jeffrey Chaya, 18; Blake Bartchak, 17; Lexi Poerner, 16; and Kevin Fox, 18 all were St. Read More…

Medina Schools boosters to kick off levy campaign

MEDINA — Friends of Medina City Schools is hosting its first fundraiser to support the November levy campaign. The fundraiser is 6:30 to 9:30 tonight at Fox Meadow Country Club, 4260 Fox Meadow Drive, Montville Township. “We are starting to build funds so we can actively promote the levy over the next six months,” said Read More…

Patrol: Teen’s Jeep runs light, hits motorcyclist

MONTVILLE TWP. — A Fairlawn man was injured when a Jeep Liberty went through a red light and hit his motorcycle Wednesday night at Interstate 71 and state Route 18, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the Medina post of the patrol, said a 2006 tan Jeep Liberty driven by Read More…

Medina Twp. asks you to pick a flag

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Medina Township will host its fifth annual Flag Day celebration Saturday. New this year, residents will have a chance to vote on a flag for the township from five finalists, show at left, in the township’s flag design contest. The event will be 4 to 5 p.m. at the Medina Township Maintenance Building in Blakslee Read More…

Strongsville man, 25, pleads not guilty to rape

Christopher Willard

MEDINA — A 25-year-old Strongsville man pleaded not guilty Thursday to raping a Brunswick woman in April. Christopher T. Willard is charged with two counts of rape, first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler scheduled Willard’s trial for Aug. 5. Kimbler ordered Willard to Read More…

Accused bank robber taken to hospital

Hugh Crouch

MEDINA — A 71-year-old accused bank robber, who was released from jail earlier this week for health reasons, was admitted Thursday to Medina Hospital. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler ordered the release of Hugh G. Crouch Sr., of 1439 Ridge Road, Hinckley Township, from the county jail at a hearing Monday. Crouch’s Read More…