September 20, 2014

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Sobriety checkpoint on state Route 18 tonight

SHARON TWP. — The Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with the Medina County OVI Task force, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, beginning at 10 p.m. until 2 p.m. on state Route 18, near Portside Drive, east of the Interstate 71 interchange. The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to Read More…

Real estate agent gets 10 years in mortgage fraud case

A Strongsville real estate agent was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for his role in a $3.3 million mortgage fraud scheme involving luxury homes in Medina County. Thomas G. France, 44, was sentenced Thursday to more 125 months prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution by U.S. District Read More…

PHOTOS: Summer education program uses baking recipes to teach math


A summer education baking class, which uses recipes to teach math, is part of the Summer Reinforcement Program at Medina’s Northrop Elementary School. The program, funded primarily by the United Way of Medina County and established in 1974, is open to all children in the county. For more information, call (330) 725-5311, (330) 769-3186 or (440) Read More…

I-271 ramp to I-71 in Medina reopened

MEDINA — The Interstate 271 ramp to Interstate 71 was closed for about an hour Monday afternoon after a tractor-trailer overturned in the sweeping southbound curve. Neither the truck driver nor a passenger was seriously injured in the crash, which happened about 3 p.m. “Just cuts and scrapes,” according to a spokesman for the Medina Read More…

PHOTOS: Swingin’ in Sharon Twp. with ‘Music in the Circle’ series


Cleveland-area band Madison Crawl performed Wednesday evening in Sharon Township’s Gazebo, at state Routes 162 and 94, as part of the township’s “Music in the Circle” series. Still to come this summer are The Hit Men (classic 1960-90s rock), on July 9; MacKaren (traditional Celtic folk music), July 16; Paul Bryan and Kentucky Border (blue Read More…

No high grade on Medina County’s monthly jobs report

Medina County’s civilian labor force, the total number of residents with jobs or looking for work, was 94,300 in May, unchanged from April, but 800 fewer than reported in May 2013. Last month’s count is 2,900 less than the May record of 97,200 workers reported in 2008. The county’s jobless rate in May, unadjusted for seasonal shifts in employment, was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the revised April number but much lower than the 6.1 percent reported in May 2013. (SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services data, compiled by The Gazette)

Medina County got a lackluster grade in the state’s monthly jobs report. The county’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in May — unchanged from April but higher than the state average of 5.3 percent. The jobless rate improved in 55 of the state’s 88 counties last month, according to a report released Tuesday by the Read More…

PHOTOS: Parade marks beginning of Wadsworth’s Blue Tip festival


The 42nd annual Blue Tip Festival Parade on Tuesday kicked off a five-day downtown festival, which takes its name from the iconic strike-anywhere Blue Tip matches once manufactured in Wadsworth and features amusement rides, festival foods, midway games, contests and other entertainment.

Seville rubber factory addition to double its size

The Blair Rubber Co., 5020 Panther Parkway, Seville, is expanding. Doing the honors at Monday’s groundbreaking are, from left, controller Tonjua McCullough, plant superintendent Roy Eikelberry, marketing director Nalex Cordova and quality manager Gregg Reinmann. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

SEVILLE — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday for a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Blair Rubber Co. that will nearly double the size of the plant by next spring. Blair Rubber manufactures corrosion-resistant rubber linings for tanks and other containment vessels used by a variety of industries. Founded in 1981 in Copley Township, in Summit Read More…

PHOTO: Three generations attend Dad Fest in Sharon Twp. on Sunday


Country club sued over worker’s death

The family of a 33-year-old worker electrocuted at Fox Meadow Country Club last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Krebs, of Fairlawn, died July 10 while working on a damaged irrigation pipe near the fifth hole at Fox Meadow Country Club, 4260 Fox Meadow Drive, Montville Township. Krebs, an assistant golf course superintendent, Read More…