September 20, 2014

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Tribe: Francona looks at bright side of punishment

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona offered his support of Major League Baseball’s decision to hand down suspensions to 13 players Monday, even calling Commissioner Bud Selig to convey as much. Francona, who is close with Selig from his days with the Milwaukee Brewers, said he spoke to the commissioner for 10-15 minutes Monday afternoon. Read More…

Sex with minor among new indictments

Teron Taylor

MEDINA — A Medina County grand jury indicted five people Wednesday, including a 24-year-old man accused of having sex with a minor. Teron K. Taylor, of Cuyahoga Falls, was charged Wednesday with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1½ years in prison. The minor was between the ages Read More…

Roundup: A&M investigating report on Manziel

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said the university is gathering facts after a report that quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January. Sumlin said he learned of the ESPN report Sunday. ESPN says the NCAA is investigating whether the Heisman Trophy winner was paid for the autographs, which could potentially Read More…

Drunken driver facing another sentence

Michael Huffman

MEDINA — A 42-year-old Guilford Township man with a long record of alcohol- and drug-related offenses was convicted Monday of felony drunken driving. Michael G. Huffman, of 3944 Greenwich Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to 1½ years in prison. Huffman Read More…

MLB throws down epic suspensions

NEW YORK — Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball’s most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis of Read More…

Appeals court: Convicted child abuser should be resentenced

Brian Johnson

A 40-year-old Wadsworth man’s 2008 child abuse case will return to Medina County Common Pleas Court for resentencing following his second successful appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals. Brian W. Johnson was accused of fracturing 13 bones in his newborn son’s body in spring 2008. A jury found Johnson guilty in June 2009 Read More…

Hall of Fame: Cloverleaf to induct seven

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its seven-member class of 2013. Lance Hansen (football), Charlie Massi (track), Val Baughman (soccer), Tim Love (football), Dawn Boyle Marker (gymnastics), Steve Detwiler (baseball) and Jerry Allen (baseball) were chosen for enshrinement by the school’s selection committee. The ceremony will be held at the Read More…

Sheriff: Keep your eyes on the ride

A Medina Township business displays “Look Out for Motorcycles” signs at its Marks Road driveway. The signs are available free at the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is providing free “Look Out for Motorcycles” yard signs and car magnets. As part of its cooperation with Medina County Safe Communities and the Motorcycle Ohio program through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the sheriff wants to help keep cyclists and all motorists safe through the riding season. According Read More…

Girls cross country: VanFleet takes over for Medina’s Brewer

Scott VanFleet

MEDINA — Scott VanFleet wasn’t sure exactly what he was going to do when he retired as a science teacher at Medina High School. But when Phil Brewer stepped down as girls cross country coach, VanFleet wanted to keep the program going. After all, he had a hand in building it as an assistant over Read More…

Township resident must pay $11K to repair pipe causing flooding

A Medina County official said this 15-inch drainpipe on Richard Lehnecker’s property is to blame for flooding on Boston Road. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

County officials say a Brunswick Hills Township man is responsible by law for more than $11,000 to replace a drainage pipe on his property that contributes to flooding, but said they’re willing to work with him on the cost. A narrow drainage pipe on Richard Lehnecker’s property, 4700 Boston Road, has been contributing flooding across Read More…