April 23, 2014

Medina
Mostly clear
41°F

Drunken driving checkpoint announced for this weekend

The Medina County OVI Task Force announced today that there will be a drunken driving checkpoint this weekend. The exact location of the checkpoint will be revealed that morning. The task force includes several law enforcement agencies from around the county and is funded by grants. Law enforcement is required to announce checkpoints ahead of Read More…

Football: Bell answers call to seal wild game

Russell Bell

SULLIVAN TWP. — Russell Bell’s lowlight put him in position for a truly memorable highlight. The Black River junior was moved from cornerback to safety in favor of Andrew Vaughn after allowing the game-tying two-point conversion to Lutheran West wideout Brad Warkin in the fourth quarter. Bell had every reason to lose confidence, but instead Read More…

Cross country: Deep Blue Devils runners-up at Strongsville Invite

BRIAN SMITH / GAZETTE Brunswick sophomore Vanessa Pasadyn finished sixth at the Strongsville Invitational.

Jon Huff | The Gazette STRONGSVILLE — Water fell down and mud splashed up around the campus of Strongsville High. Beneath the gray skies, the ground thundered under the feet of runners at the Strongsville Invitational. A steady rain made for a sloppy course, but the soggy day could not dampen the Brunswick girls. The Read More…

State bill would ban teens from driving peers

COLUMBUS — A Republican state lawmaker is proposing tough new driving restrictions on Ohio teens, including prohibiting them from transporting even one additional teenager. State Rep. Rick Perales, of Beavercreek, told The Columbus Dispatch his bill would bring Ohio’s rules closer to the recommendations of safety groups. Besides banning teen buddies, it would require backseat Read More…

Cross country: Highland girls are marvelous in the mud

SULLIVAN TWP. — It wasn’t automatic, but with Westlake opting out of this year’s J.B. Firestone Invitational, it pretty much cemented the Highland girls winning for the fourth straight time Saturday. The Hornets outdistanced Keystone 42-67 to win over the 14-team field despite missing two regulars. A year ago, Highland barely squeezed past Westlake 30-32. Read More…

Browns notes: Thomas unfazed by rumors

The Browns held All-Pro Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson to 88 yards on 25 carries. (AP PHOTO)

MINNEAPOLIS — Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas doesn’t do Twitter. So he didn’t know his name was in the news Sunday morning. NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported several teams called the Browns last week about a trade for Thomas, only to be told he isn’t available, according to a source. “I didn’t see that,” Read More…

Fraudulent financier: Wiretaps improper evidence

Timothy Durham

Staff and wire reports INDIANAPOLIS — A former Indianapolis financier who was the chief executive of Akron-based Fair Finance Corp. says jurors at his trial on fraud charges should not have heard wiretapped conversations. Timothy Durham was sentenced in December to 50 years in prison after being convicted of swindling thousands of investors — almost Read More…

College football: Buckeyes blazing after final Big Ten warmup

COLUMBUS — After a 76-0 victory over outmanned and overmatched Florida A&M, Urban Meyer couldn’t say for certain that his Ohio State team got a lot out of its meek non-conference schedule. “Obviously, at midnight next week, we’ll know,” the coach of No. 4 Ohio State said, referring to the Big Ten opener Saturday against Read More…

Football: Failed conversion dooms Blue Devils in division opener

Richie Norman

BRUNSWICK — The weather improved greatly in 19 hours. The Brunswick football team didn’t until it was too late. Picking up where it left off when the game was postponed due to lightning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, a solid Hudson team registered a 22-13 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division victory over the Blue Devils on Read More…

Farmers optimistic about this year’s corn harvest

Corn stalks near the start of the Beriswill Farm corn maze tower over Kathy Katakos and Alex Kastor, both of Liverpool Township. Both women work at the family-owned farm, 2200 Station Road, Liverpool Township, which invites the public to tour the maze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

The song in the musical, “Oklahoma,” boasts of corn “as high as an elephant’s eye.” If that’s the measure of a good crop, Medina County’s farmers will need bigger elephants this year. National reports and local experts both agree 2013 will bring a better harvest than in recent years. “The state is hoping for a Read More…