March 31, 2015


Medina city officials to talk county trash plan today

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The city of Medina will hold a news conference today to address the county’s plan for running the Central Processing Facility that handles recycling. At 4:30 p.m., City Council President John Coyne, Service Director Nino Piccoli and Mayor Dennis Hanwell will address residents and media in the mayor’s office. “We feel the constituents need to Read More…

Cleveland man who was at scene of fire arrested for burglary

Jeffery Turner

A Cleveland man present at the scene of the Jackson Street apartment fire last Friday has been arrested and charged with retaliation and aggravated burglary, both third-degree felonies. Medina police Sgt. Brett McNabb said Jeffery Turner, 29, is considered a possible arson suspect by police after a witness placed him at the scene. “We know Read More…

Wadsworth police searching for aggravated robbery suspect

Security footage from the Speedway gas station, 1160 Akron Road, in Wadsworth shows a man demanding money from the two store clerks.

Wadsworth police are searching for a man who robbed a Speedway gas station with a rifle early Tuesday evening. According to a Wadsworth police press release the man entered the filling station, 1160 Akron Road, at approximately 8:41 p.m. He is described as white, in his mid-twenties and under six-feet tall with reddish-blonde hair. At Read More…

County’s jobless rate remains at 5.6 percent in February

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Medina County’s jobless rate stood at 5.6 percent for February — the lowest for that month in nine years. The February labor force estimate — released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services — showed 90,700 Medina County residents were working during the month. The labor force estimate is the sum of Read More…

Fire chief: Two Saturday fires in Medina may be linked

Medina firefighters and state fire marshals investigate at the scene of an apartment blaze at 235 Jackson St. on Friday. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Two fires in Medina on Friday may be linked and are being investigated, Fire Chief Bob Painter said. The chief said crews were called to a small fire at 5 Harmon Court about 7:50 a.m., five hours after they arrived at an apartment complex fire at 235 Jackson St. “We were on scene in both Read More…

Goat Gang 4-H club doesn’t fudge the sweet process

Members of the Goat Gang 4-H club stir hot goat fudge at Camp Paradise in Montville Township on Saturday morning. The club made more than 120 pounds of fudge. It will be frozen and then sold at the this year’s Medina County Fair in August. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Making more than 100 pounds of fudge is an arduous process The recipe calls for constant stirring so the viscous mixture does not seize up. For the more than 20 members of the Goat Gang, a Medina County 4-H club, the recipe also calls for laughter and a good time. The club got sticky in Read More…

United Way director Seth Kujat to join marketing firm for nonprofits

Seth Kujat

A job offer from a marketing company lured Seth Kujat away from his position heading the United Way of Medina County. Kujat said Friday he will leave as executive director April 17 to become director of strategic services at The Impact Group, based in Hudson in Summit County. It was first learned on Thursday that Read More…

Sixteen people escape 15th major fire so far this year in Medina County

Medina firefighters and state fire marshals investigate at the scene of an apartment blaze at 235 Jackson St. on Friday. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State fire marshals began working Friday to determine the cause of a fire at an apartment complex in Medina. Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said fire officials got a call at 2:47 a.m. Friday of a fire at 235 Jackson St. “We had a quick knockout on it,” he said. “It probably took us a Read More…

United Way of Medina County Executive Director Kujat to resign

Seth Kujat

United Way of Medina County Executive Director Seth Kujat will be stepping down, effective April 15. “I had a pretty great opportunity and it didn’t make sense for me not to take it,” he said, declining to elaborate. Kujat said the decision was made after a long talk with United Way’s Board of Directors. “There Read More…

Olympian to promote return of matchstick in Wadsworth

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In 1972, Wadsworth resident Dave Wottle stunned the world with a come-from-behind victory in the 800-meter dash at the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the annual Blue Tip Festival the next year, Wottle was handed a large ceremonial match to symbolize the Olympics and his victory. Now Wottle will be joining Wadsworth city Read More…