October 31, 2014

Medina
Rain
47°F

Lodi man, 21, is accused of having sex with girl, 13

LODI — A 21-year-old Lodi man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Lodi police arrested Robert Shane, 21, of 127 Howe St., on Friday on charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Police said a two-week investigation found evidence Shane had sexual contact with the girl on Dec. 21 in his Read More…

Man pleads guilty to Brunswick campsite stabbing

Karl Phelps

MEDINA — A 27-year-old homeless man pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing a 31-year-old man at an unsanctioned campsite in the woods near Brunswick Lake in September. Karl M. Phelps was scheduled to stand trial on two counts of second-degree felonious assault, but changed his plea before a jury could be seated. Potential jurors had been Read More…

Accused child abuser revokes guilty plea

Christian Vanmeter

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Elyria man who last month pleaded guilty to beating his infant son now says he’s innocent of the charge. Christian A. Vanmeter revoked his guilty plea Monday at what was scheduled to be his sentencing hearing on charges of second-degree felonious assault and third-degree child endangering. He had pleaded guilty to Read More…

Medina police log for Jan. 8

Medina police Wednesday, Jan. 1 12:05 a.m. and 12:13 a.m. — 300 block of W. Friendship St., fireworks explosions reported. Saturday, Jan. 4 6:29 p.m. — Daniel K. Davis, 42, 217 N. East St., Medina, charged with domestic violence. Sunday, Jan. 5 12:48 p.m. — Nathanial Thomas, 18, Lima, charged with criminal damaging/endangering after police Read More…

County auditor eyes another term

Michael Kovack

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack announced Tuesday he will seek re-election to a sixth four-year term. Kovack, 51, has served as county auditor for two decades and has not been challenged in the past two Democratic primary contests. “I certainly do not expect any primary challengers,” he said Tuesday. Kovack said the next Read More…

Wicked weather brings host of car troubles

From dead batteries to leaking coolant and broken windows, auto repair shops across Medina County found themselves busy Tuesday because of the extreme cold weather. Bill McCall, owner of McCall’s Auto Service in Wadsworth, said the biggest problem his customers faced was not enough power in the batteries to start their cars. The lower the Read More…

Road money sought again by Brunswick council

BRUNSWICK — City Council members plan to put a 1.2-mill road levy before Brunswick voters again this spring, promising that all the money collected would go to fund repairs on neighborhood streets. A 10-year, 1.2-mill levy failed by 189 votes in November, but came closer to passing than longer-term, more costly levies the city had Read More…

Just another day in the office for trash collectors

From left, Josh Kerns, Bob Kugler, Dakota Rader, Jacob Stafinski and Duane Hladky of the Medina Sanitation Department warm up after battling subzero temperatures to collect trash Tuesday morning in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)

Duane Hladky had a simple explanation why he and the other Medina sanitation workers were out on the streets as usual Tuesday while workers in other cities stayed warm indoors. “They always say if the truck starts, we go,” Hladky said. The department has not canceled a trash pick-up day in 17 years. Medina experienced Read More…

Six of seven school districts still closed

Schools remain closed today in six of the seven districts serving Medina County: Black River, Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina. Wadsworth City schools are open. The Medina County Career Center also is closed.

County endures record low with relative ease

Medina County residents managed to weather Tuesday’s record cold without serious problems. Not only were there no serious traffic accidents, there were no reports of frostbite or hypothermia. A record low of 11 degrees below zero was recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 7 degrees Read More…