July 31, 2014

Medina
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Public records audit finds violations, officials call them errors

Ohio public records

The Medina County commissioners’ office improperly required a name to be given to access public records during a statewide audit of public accessibility conducted in April. Under Ohio’s public records law, there is no requirement for a person requesting public records to provide a name. When the auditor, a reporter from The Gazette’s sister paper, Read More…

Brunswick head shop owners indicted on federal charges

Owners of a Brunswick head shop have been indicted on federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges for allegedly running a chain of similar shops that sold synthetic marijuana across the state. Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, of Grafton Township, allegedly purchased and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal substances Read More…

Lorain judge reinstates trustee to water board

ELYRIA — Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell is back on the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board, which serves a portion of Medina County. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday ordering McConnell to be reinstated to the board from which he was removed twice in May. Burge said Read More…

Parole board rejects pardon

By a 9-2 vote, the Ohio Parole Board has recommended against a pardon for former bus driver Nancy Smith in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. The final decision, however, belongs to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who received the recommendation Thursday. The report was made public Friday morning. The Parole Board’s recommendation comes a Read More…

Coroner: No autopsy for convicted killer

No autopsy is planned for convicted killer Ronald Ray Post, who died Thursday while serving a life prison sentence after Ohio Gov. John Kasich commuted his death sentence last year. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said Friday that although her office has taken possession of the 53-year-old Post’s body, the only reason it did so Read More…

Life-sentence killer dies in hospital

Convicted killer Ronald Ray Post, who was spared a January date with the executioner’s needle when his death sentence was commuted to life in prison by Gov. John Kasich last year, died in a prison hospital Thursday. Post, 53, died at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, said Ricky Seyfang, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Read More…

Head Start child molestation defendant can breathe sigh of relief

Nancy Smith

One of the defendants in the controversial Head Start child molestation case will not return to prison under a sentencing agreement with prosecutors approved Tuesday. Nancy Smith wiped tears from her eyes as the hearing concluded in a Lorain County courtroom packed with her supporters. Visiting Judge Virgil Sinclair agreed to sentence Smith to 12 Read More…

Water board ousts member second time

LAGRANGE — Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell again was removed from the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board Wednesday after questions were raised about the legality of a secret ballot process used to vote him off the board last week. The revote was closer than the first vote last week, when the 26-member board voted Read More…

Water board to vote again

The Rural Lorain County Water Authority board will conduct a special meeting Wednesday to revote on whether to remove Pittsfield Township Trustee Mark McConnell after questions were raised about the legality of the secret ballots used to vote McConnell off the board this week. “While the district believes the actions of the board were lawful Read More…

Kasich to talk to victims’ families before commuting a death sentence

Gov. John Kasich personally will call the families of murder victims when he plans to commute the death sentences of convicted killers. The new protocol comes after a meeting Wednesday between Kasich and the family of Helen Vantz, who was killed in 1983 during the robbery of the Slumber Inn in Elyria, where she worked Read More…