October 1, 2014

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Police to hold OVI checkpoint Thursday evening

A drunken driving checkpoint announced earlier this week will take place Thursday evening. The checkpoint’s location will be announced Thursday morning, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina Post. The patrol will conduct the checkpoint with the Medina County OVI Task Force and will be funded by federal grants. “OVI checkpoints are designed to not Read More…

Cavs: Draft pick Sergey Karasev just wants to play

INDEPENDENCE — Sergey Karasev doesn’t care if he plays shooting guard or small forward for the Cavaliers. The No. 19 pick in the NBA Draft just wants to play. “I’m not a stupid guy,” the 19-year-old Russian said Tuesday during an introductory press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I understand the game. I think if Read More…

Browns: Players embrace defensive philosophy

Cleveland’s Jabaal Sheard, right, takes down Steelers running back Issac Redman in a game last January. Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is pleased with Sheard’s conversion from end to outside linebacker. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — The trademark braids are gone. “It was time,” cropped defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Tuesday in a pre-training camp news conference. “It’s been that way for seven years. Change of pace. It will grow back.” His attacking defense isn’t going anywhere. As Cleveland’s new leader of the defense, Horton was charged with making Read More…

Tribe Tuesday: Night of mistakes costs Indians in 4-3 loss

SEATTLE — The mistake Drew Stubbs made was overthinking. Representing the tying run for Cleveland and standing at third base in the ninth inning with no outs, Stubbs had all the scenarios ready in his mind. When Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager threw down to second base to get the first out of the inning Read More…

Browns: Five issues heading into camp

AP Browns running back Trent Richardson’s health will be watched closely.

The Browns will open training camp Thursday afternoon in Berea, and the first padded practice is scheduled for Saturday. As is usually the case with the Browns, they’re in the middle — or start — of a makeover. Coach Rob Chudzinski is new. So are coordinators Norv Turner (offense) and Ray Horton (defense), much of Read More…

Browns: John Greco receives new contract

BEREA — Guard John Greco was “caught off guard” when the Browns approached him recently about a new contract. He was “thrilled” when the five-year deal, which runs through 2017, was finalized Tuesday. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” Greco said on a conference call. “The Browns approached me the other night, and I’m happy we Read More…

Law enforcement simulates school shooting scenario

Two agents with the Medina County Drug Task Force climb the stairs, weapons drawn, during an “active shooter” training exercise at Medina High School on Tuesday. Because of their status as task force agents, they asked to remain anonymous. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Police officers in full body armor walked the halls of Medina High School on Tuesday, searching for a man with a gun. The man wasn’t an intruder. He was another police officer, dressed in a costume. Welcome to the second day of a realistic program designed to train police officers to respond to “active shooter” Read More…

Former party chair named judge in Lohn’s retirement

Kevin Dunn

Former Medina County Republican Party chairman Kevin Dunn has been named to replace Juvenile/Probate Judge John Lohn, who retired. Gov. John Kasich announced the appointment Tuesday. Dunn, 48, of Westfield Center, will take office Aug. 5. He must run in November 2014 to retain the seat. “I don’t really know how to react yet,” he Read More…

Jobless rate not as bad as it appears

The number of Medina County residents looking for work was up in June for the third month in a row. But growth in jobs failed to keep pace. As a result, the county’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.6 percent, up from 5.8 percent in May. The county’s labor force totaled 95,700 in June — 1,600 Read More…

Teachers union supports levy, but not confident about board

MEDINA — The union representing Medina public school teachers will support the school district’s 5.9-mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot, but declined to rescind a vote of no confidence in the Board of Education. The decision was made Tuesday during an executive committee meeting attended by 22 union members. The union represents the district’s Read More…