November 27, 2014

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Former Medina superintendent’s vacation payout blamed on clerical error

State auditors found former Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp incorrectly was paid nearly $4,000 for cashing in vacation time in the spring of 2012 above his allotted amount. The district’s annual audit, released Thursday, found Medina Schools incorrectly paid Stepp $3,725 for five traded-in vacation days that went beyond the 15 days allowed in his contract. Read More…

College wrestling: Fechko to coach at Dakota Wesleyan

It took coming home for Boomer Fechko to realize exactly where home was. The 2005 Brunswick graduate has been a nomad of sorts in the coaching world, having had a head coaching stint at Quincy (Calif.) High School and assistant coaching jobs at Dakota Wesleyan, Bloomsburg (Pa.) University and back home at Brunswick. Back with Read More…

Browns: Whitner happy to come home, Pettine big reason Dansby signed

BEREA — The Browns didn’t express any interest in Cleveland native Donte Whitner during his first venture into free agency. Three years and two Pro Bowl selections later, however, the hard-hitting strong safety was at the top of their wish list. Whitner formally signed a four-year contract worth $28 million with the Browns on Wednesday, Read More…

Tribe: Carlos Santana delivers in win

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run off Tyson Ross, enhancing his chance of opening the season as the Indians’ starting third baseman and helping Cleveland beat the San Diego Padres 12-7 Wednesday. Santana is moving from catcher to third base, where he is competing with Lonnie Chisenhall for the starting spot. Read More…

Browns: QBs Weeden, Campbell sacked by team

Former Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden, left, and Jason Campbell, below, were released by the team Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Brandon Weeden’s last win with the Browns came on Dec. 9, 2012. He turned 30 years old in October. The guys that drafted him with the No. 22 pick were two regimes ago. Weeden’s release Wednesday wasn’t shocking. But his fall from first-round pick in 2012 to out of work was stunning for its swiftness. Read More…

Auditor Kovack receives award from finance association

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, left, accepts the Excellence in Financial Reporting award from Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa on Wednesday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — The Medina County auditor has been awarded the Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 14,000 government finance professionals. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Ohio Tax Read More…

Conviction upheld for man who made phone threats to Iowa police dispatchers

Dennis Eisele

A 58-year-old Wadsworth man will remain in prison following an appellate court upholding his Medina County conviction last year for making phone threats to police dispatchers in Iowa. Dennis W. Eisele was sentenced May 6 to two years in prison on a count of intimidation, a third-degree felony. He also was convicted of aggravated menacing Read More…

County receives more funding to raze rundown houses

MEDINA — Medina County will have more money to demolish homes, but higher than expected costs mean the money will not go as far as officials had hoped. The money is the county’s share of more than $75 million from a federal lawsuit settlement against the country’s largest mortgage lenders distributed by Ohio Attorney General Read More…

Man in minivan approaches kids in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick teenager and two children she was babysitting were approached by a man in a white van last week, prompting Brunswick police to step up patrols in the Faulkner Boulevard neighborhood. According to a police report, the 14-year-old girl was walking down the street with the two children, who also live on Read More…

PHOTOS: Spring comes next week, but winter looms

Snow obscures lettering Wednesday on the entrance to Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina. (MATTHEW PLATZ / PLATZ IMAGES)