February 8, 2016


18-year-old teen critically injured in crash on Abbeyville


YORK TWP. — An 18-year-old Brunswick resident is in critical condition at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center following two accidents within minutes of each other Thursday afternoon in the 4300 block of Abbeyville Road. Kyle Lezark, a student at the Medina County Career Center, was northbound in his car, a Saturn, about 1:15 p.m. and apparently Read More…

Classy way to get out of a ticket


MEDINA — Young drivers who receive their first traffic citation may have the option to take a driving simulation class and have the ticket voided. Teenagers who are first-time offenders may be issued a ticket and a verbal option to participate in the Medina County Juvenile Traffic Program, Montville Township police Sgt. Terry Grice said. Read More…

Parking deck will be open this weekend


MEDINA — The $5 million parking deck at the corner of South Jefferson and East Washington streets will open temporarily this weekend, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. The two-tier 350-space deck will be open for parking during the 25th annual Candlelight Walk Friday through Sunday, which spotlights local businesses and features the Holiday Parade of Read More…

Administrators agree to pay freeze

MEDINA — Medina City Schools administrators have agreed to a pay freeze for next year and an increase in their health care premiums to 15 percent, Superintendent Randy Stepp said in an e-mail to parents of schoolchildren. Besides the superintendent and assistant superintendent, all building principals count as administrators, Stepp said. He said administrators currently Read More…

Levy is vital to Medina district

MEDINA — Medina City Schools predicts a $13.29 million deficit by the end of June 2011 if an 11.7-mill incremental levy fails Tuesday, Treasurer Wally Gordon said. But even if the levy does pass and the district collects $9.9 million, officials say the district would still need to make up the difference by cutting costs. Read More…

Vigil for Tashawn


MEDINA — Jennifer Okoye broke into tears and began wailing during a candlelight vigil Tuesday night for her 7-year-old son, Tashawn, who died in a fire the morning before. A sea of more than 150 faces, including many children, sang “Amazing Grace” as the Okoye family approached them. Kids placed handwritten letters, pictures, stuffed animals Read More…

Fire kills 7-year-old


MEDINA — Police tried to climb the stairs to reach Tashawn Okoye in his second-floor bedroom early Monday morning, but the flames were too intense. Sometime amid the chaos of flames and smoke, Jennifer Okoye, 31, the mother of the five children inside the apartment, jumped out a window holding her 4-year-old son. She then Read More…

Outgoing mayor recounts successes in speech

MEDINA — Mayor Jane Leaver gave her final State of the City address Friday and recounted Medina’s financial history and accomplishments during her two terms. “The year-end balance when I took office in 2002 was $1,434,242,” Leaver said during a luncheon attended by business and community leaders at Williams on the Lake. “Last year, that Read More…

A little taste of Medina County


Manager Ethan Reisinger, far right, and server Donna Kusak, to the left of him, hand out cake and other goodies Thursday from Eileen’s Cafe & Catering, 6699 Center Road, Liverpool Township, at the Taste of Medina. The event raised funds for United Way of Medina. (Audrey McCrone / Gazette)

York fire chief recommends EMS changes

YORK TWP. — Fire Chief Ken Barrett has proposed the township drop its contract with the Life Support Team, citing billing and response times. Medina Hospital’s LST, which supplies emergency medical services to Medina and Montville townships, also is contractually obligated to serve York Township residents on an as-needed basis. During a special trustees meeting Read More…