April 18, 2015

Medina
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Appeal: Man has human right to procreate

Asim Taylor

ELYRIA — Asim Taylor has a basic human right to procreate, the attorney for the Elyria man barred from having children while he is on probation wrote in appeal documents filed Wednesday. Taylor, who pleaded guilty to charges he failed to pay nearly $100,000 in back child support for the four children he’s already fathered, Read More…

Republic Services strike: Mayor hits the streets

LORAIN — With rubbish piling up in the streets because of a week-long strike at Republic Services, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer borrowed three garbage trucks from Elyria and, along with other city workers, began throwing trash Friday. “We’ve got trash sitting out across the city and it’s a public health issue,” Ritenauer said after several Read More…

Some trash collection resumes today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste, which serves the city of Brunswick, planned to resume trash collection today with out-of-state workers and supervisors replacing striking employees, even as the strike was expected to drag into a third day. Dave Kidder, area marketing manager for Republic, said that garbage pickup in Medina, Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties Read More…

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…