December 19, 2014

Medina
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Rough Truck: Parts, dirt flying delight big crowd

Zach Albrecht from Medina drive his Geo Tracker in the stock division of the Rough Truck competition at the Medina County Fair Wednesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

Jon Huff | The Gazette MEDINA — The smell of frying elephant ears and car exhaust drifted over the Medina County Fair on Wednesday night as the Rough Truck competition took place at the main grandstand. Competitors raced their vehicles around a track of turns, bumps, a mud pit and a jump, maneuvering to stay Read More…

Volpone trial: Man convicted for shooting Montville Twp. homes

R. Daniel Volpone

MEDINA — A common pleas jury convicted a 45-year-old Parma man Thursday of unintentionally hitting two Montville Township houses with bullets from a semiautomatic assault rifle in January. A jury found R. Daniel Volpone guilty after deliberating 1½ hours. Jury selection began Monday and his trial started Wednesday. Volpone was accused of firing a gun Read More…

Browns: Nelson’s return from torn ACL hits a snag

BEREA — Receiver David Nelson suffered a setback Thursday as he tries to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Nelson, who only started practicing last week and was slowly working into team drills, was bothered by his surgically repaired right knee while running routes and stopped practicing. He iced the knee and had it Read More…

Antique tractors on display at county fair

KIERA MANION-FISCHER / GAZETTE Will McCartney, 9, of Sharon Township, checks out a 1949 Farmall Cub tractor owned by Clayton Kramer, also of Sharon Township, on Thursday afternoon at the Medina County Fair.

Clayton Kramer said he collects antique tractors because it gives him a chance to own the tractors he always wanted as a boy. Kramer said his father, a farmer, never bought “a big John Deere tractor.” “Back in 1988, when I could afford it, I bought a big John Deere tractor,” he said. Kramer, 78, Read More…

Bridgestone Invitational: Mickelson not in right state of mind

AKRON — He was in the Buckeye state, but his head was still in Scotland. Phil Mickelson, yet to escape a British Open hangover, shot a 2-over 72 and was stuck in the middle of the pack Thursday after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. “Today I had a hard time focusing,” said Mickelson, Read More…

Ariel Castro: ‘I’m not a monster, I’m sick’

Michael Muskal | Los Angeles Times Ariel Castro apologized for imprisoning and sexually abusing three women in his Cleveland house for years. But he insisted he was not the monster that many people see. “These people are trying to paint me as a monster,” Castro said on Thursday, in a rambling statement before Judge Michael Read More…

Browns: Haslam receives support from Goodell

BEREA — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is standing behind Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. Goodell was on Cleveland’s practice fields Thursday for a youth clinic to promote the fundamentals of tackling. But his seven-minute news conference was dominated by questions about Haslam and the legal troubles of his family company, Pilot Flying J. Goodell was strong Read More…

Wadsworth man gets two OVIs in same night

WADSWORTH — A 29-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with drunken driving twice within six hours this week. Wadsworth police arrested and charged Ryan Beatty, of 401 State St. with operating a vehicle while impaired at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop at High Street and Wolf Avenue. He was found to have a Read More…

Bridgestone Invitational: Simpson makes most of first appearance

AKRON — So much for course knowledge. Webb Simpson, playing his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club, shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. It all came down to trust. “Well, I knew it all through my caddie (Paul Tesori), who’s been here so many years,” Read More…

Tribe: Justin Masterson is pitching like an All-Star

Justin Masterson

CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson has never looked more like an ace. After an up-and-down first half that certainly featured more peaks than valleys, the right-hander has turned it up, winning all three of his starts since the All-Star break, while posting a 1.28 ERA (four earned runs over 28 innings). Masterson, who got his 13th Read More…