September 1, 2014

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Families of killed Brunswick students sue over 2012 crash


The families of three of the four Brunswick High School students killed in a car crash two years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Corporation, Columbia and Liverpool township trustees and the commissioners and engineers in Lorain and Medina counties. Killed in the June 3, 2012, crash were Blake Bartchak, 17, Lexi Read More…

Census: Medina County townships, villages growing faster than cities (UPDATED with table)

(SOURCE: Census Bureau)

More than three-quarters of Medina County’s increase in population in the past three years came in the townships, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. The new report, released today, estimated the county’s 17 township gained about 1,980 residents since the 2010 census — an increase of about 2.4 percent. The township gain was 77 Read More…

Dilapidated houses demolished

Two blighted houses on Chippewa Road at Lake Road, n Lafayette Township, are demolished on Friday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A small crowd gathers to watch the demolition Friday of the first two of three blighted houses on Chippewa Road, at Lake Road, in Lafayette Township. The third house is slated to come down Monday. Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said the houses have been a source of aggravation for residents of the township and neighboring Read More…

Workers continue to leave labor force

The latest state employment report continues to give mixed signals. Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in April to 5.7 percent — the lowest level in more than six years, according to the report released Friday by the Department of Job and Family Services. But a portion of that drop was the result of a 14,000 decline Read More…

Brunswick man convicted of taking millions from church credit bureau

A federal jury has convicted a 41-year-old Brunswick man accused of playing a major role in a scheme that bilked a church credit bureau of millions in loans. Svetislav Vujovic was convicted of receiving more than $3 million from the St. Paul Croatian Federal Credit Union in exchange for cash payments to the credit union’s Read More…

Dick Goddard rescued while second man climbs tree to avoid waters


For more than 50 years, Dick Goddard has talked about the weather. On Monday night, the weather almost got the last word. The Cleveland television meteorologist and author was one of two people rescued from floodwaters that swamped their cars at the Interstate 71 southbound exit to state Route 3 in Medina Township. “I’m thinking Read More…

PHOTOS: Medina High hosts annual lacrosse tournament

Brady Henderson drives with the ball at the invitational. His Medina Middle School team lost a close match, 8-7, with Sylvania, a suburb of Toledo. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: Two dozen volunteers refurbish elder’s home


PHOTOS: Time travelers in Wadsworth

Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, are the guests of honor Friday at Wadsworth’s bicentennial celebration at the historic Johnson House. The president and first lady were portrayed by John W. and Marian King, of Ashtabula. John King won first place in the Lincoln look-a-like contest in Gettysburg in 2013. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

“Spirits of the Past” haunted Wadsworth’s historic Johnson House on Friday as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. The event featured town folks dressed up as characters spanning the past 200 years.

PHOTOS: Grand opening and grand reopening

The Raspberry and the Rose, a boutique featuring the handmade jewelry of local artist Melissa Ziogas, as well as scarves, handbags and other women’s accessories, is Medina’s newest attraction. Doing the ribbon-cutting honors at Friday’s grand opening at 102 W. Washington St., just off Public Square, are Medina Economic Director Kimberly Rice, Mayor Dennis Hanwell, and the Ziogas family: children, from left, Jonathan, 11, Andy, 13, Charlotte, 7, and parents, Melissa and Jim Ziogas. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)