December 22, 2014

Medina
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Trash pickup delayed again; Republic strike continues

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers remained on strike for a second day this morning, pushing back trash collection by another day. Dave Kidder, area marketing manager for Republic, said the company is bringing in workers from out of state and those workers will begin making the rounds in Lorain, Medina and western Cuyahoga counties Read More…

Trash pickup delayed as Republic workers strike again

Strikers sit outside Republic Waste in Carlisle Township. There were far less strikers on the line today than the first time they picketed in support of other workers fighting with the company. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY BRUCE BISHOP)

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers refused to cross a picket line Monday, delaying trash pickups in Medina, Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties for the second time this month. Dave Kidder, Republic’s area marketing manager, said it was unclear Monday whether workers would return to their routes today. “We’re one day behind no matter what,” Read More…

UPDATE: Trash pickup expected to resume today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste expects to resume trash pickup today after a solidarity strike Monday, a company official said. Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic’s Lorain County operations, said afternoon shift mechanics showed up for work and that the picket outside the company’s Butternut Ridge Road facility was gone. Martin Jay, business representative Read More…

Coach charged with giving beer, drugs to ex-student

Former Columbia High School boys basketball coach Matt Sheets has been charged with giving marijuana and beer to a 19-year-old former student at the school in exchange for sexual favors. The 31-year-old Sheets, who also served as a social studies teacher during his three years with Columbia Schools, was arrested Friday at his Medina home Read More…

Man gets prison for bringing weapons to Batman movie

Scott Smith

The North Ridgeville man caught carrying a loaded handgun and four knives into a Westlake movie theater last year was sentenced Thursday in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court to six months in prison. Scott A. Smith, 38, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of carrying concealed weapons. He refused to plead out to having weapons Read More…

Suspected serial killer has local connections

Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell

A 72-year-old drifter with Lorain County roots and a Medina County criminal record is being held in a California prison as a suspected serial killer, and authorities in Ohio and across the country are reviewing old cases to see whether he can be linked to any unsolved homicides. Samuel Little, who also is known as Read More…

Husband of former Medina Schools’ teacher indicted on marijuana charges

Shannon Briggs

ELYRIA — The husband of a former Medina Schools teacher has been indicted on charges accusing him of growing marijuana in the couple’s North Ridgeville home. Matthew Briggs, 35, faces charges of illegal cultivation of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. His wife, Shannon Briggs, was fined $500 and given a suspended jail sentence in Read More…

Homicide database targets cold cases

Rachel Johnson was 24 when she was sexually assaulted, stabbed and set on fire on an Akron street in 1991. Her murder remains unsolved, but that doesn’t mean Akron police have stopped looking for her killer, and detectives are making use of a new online database of cold homicide cases sponsored by Ohio Attorney General Read More…

The drone debate: Ohio a major player in development of drones

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Matt Mishak doesn’t fear the rise of the drones. Mishak, the chief prosecutor for the city of Elyria, thinks unmanned aircraft systems, as those who deal with the machines prefer to call them, are a boon to society. “It’s an exciting, very capable new technology with the potential for such severe cultural change that everybody Read More…

Man appeals order to not have more kids

ELYRIA — Asim Taylor has appealed Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther’s order that he not father any more children while he is on probation for failing to pay nearly $100,000 in back child support to the four children he already has. Doug Merrill, Taylor’s attorney, said he doesn’t believe Walther’s order will stand up Read More…