September 18, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
69°F

‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps east

A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind Read More…

Man gets jail, probation on child porn counts

James M. McByrne Jr.

MEDINA — A judge warned a convicted owner of child pornography Monday that violating probation would land him in prison for 17 years. James M. McByrne Jr., 38, of 725 S. Court St., changed his plea to guilty in November on two counts of pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor, second-degree felonies, and illegal Read More…

Medina Schools names interim treasurer

MEDINA — The Medina school board on Monday named Cliff Reinhardt as interim treasurer. Reinhardt served as treasurer of the Willoughby-Eastlake school district for 10 years before retiring in 2012. He is expected to serve until the board finds a permanent replacement for Jim Hudson, who resigned in November to become treasurer of Avon Schools. Read More…

Jansen Wehrley named parks director

Pamela J. Miller | The Gazette MEDINA — Mayor Dennis Hanwell didn’t have to look far to find a new parks director for the city. Jansen Wehrley, 29, was appointed to head the department after working nearly six years as the city forester. He replaces Tim Swanson, who resigned to become the deputy director of Read More…

Commissioner Friedrick to take seat on NOACA board

MEDINA — Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick will replace Stephen D. Hambley as the county’s representative to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Medina County is one of six members of NOACA, the metropolitan planning group that recommends how federal grants are spent in communities in the five-county Northeast Ohio area. The other members are Read More…

Postal workers brave the elements to deliver mail

For eight years Ruben Martinez has kept faith with the U.S. Postal Service’s official creed: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Monday was a challenge not on that famous list — extreme cold. By 3 p.m. the wind chill was Read More…

Crews battle icy roadways Monday

A sign at Medina and Foote roads shows the temperature at 1 degree above zero about noon Monday in Medina Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Many roadways in Medina County will remain icy until at least Wednesday, despite crews working overtime through the night. “We’re using rock salt and liquid calcium chloride that helps activate the salt in colder temperatures,” said Nino Piccoli, Medina service director. “But it doesn’t completely get rid of the ice. We caution drivers to proceed Read More…

Press release: Cavs trade Bynum, picks for Deng

Cavs issued following press release late Monday: CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first round picks with the Cavs (1-14 protected), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced tonight from Cleveland Read More…