February 8, 2016


Medina County officials: No money this year for rehab center at jail

County officials say there is no money in this year’s budget for a proposal to turn part of the Medina County Jail into a drug rehab facility. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler proposed the idea to county commissioners last month. The plan calls for reopening the east pod of the jail as Read More…

Medina County officials at odds with operators of recycling plant

Medina County officials are charging that the operator of the county’s recycling center isn’t providing documents needed to plan for the future of the facility. County Administrator Chris Jakab said the refusal shows relations with the Cleveland-based Envision Waste Services have deteriorated. “I think the resistance is unnecessary, and it’s reflective of a dysfunctional working Read More…

Sheriff: Routine traffic stop in Seville nets 18.5 grams of heroin

Richard Cremeans

SEVILLE — A traffic stop for tinted windows led to a drug arrest Saturday night. A Medina County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a driver at about 8 p.m. on Interstate 71 southbound near Seville, for windows that officials said were nearly blacked out. Sheriff’s Capt. David Centner said the driver’s brother was sitting in the Read More…

Old schoolhouse is site of museum to Weymouth Village


A local historical group is trying to keep the memories of Weymouth Village alive. The Old Weymouth School, 3314 Myers Road in Medina Township, was absorbed into the Medina School District in 1956, and classes have not been taught there for many years, but it still serves as a reminder of the village community that Read More…

Court system to be upgraded

Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth is aiming to have a new electronic case management system up and running by the end of the year. Wadsworth said the new computerized system through Virginia-based American Cadastre will upgrade the county’s computerized system for management of cases, online documents and court costs. The new system will Read More…

Out-of-towners broke into bar, police say

HARRISVILLE TWP. — Two Lorain County men were arrested early Friday, accused of breaking into a tavern. Brandon Lee Whatmore, 30, of Elyria, and Brandon Lee Thomas, 21, of Grafton, are charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in jail. Sheriff’s deputies reported finding Read More…

PHOTO: Flowers for Mom

Becka Michaels, 19, and Cody, Michaels, 4, buy flowers Thursday at the Medina County Career Center's annual Mothers' Day flower and plant sale. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

State could end oversight of Cloverleaf Local with levy passage

WESTFIELD TWP. — Cloverleaf school officials hope a state fiscal oversight commission soon may consider relinquishing control of the district’s finances after voters Tuesday approved a new tax for the first time in eight years. Cloverleaf officials met Wednesday with the state oversight committee that has handled the district’s money since January 2012. Cloverleaf Superintendent Read More…

Commissioner Stephen Hambley closer to replacing Bill Batchelder

Stephen Hambley

Longtime Medina County Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley took the first step Tuesday toward succeeding Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder as the representative of the 69th District. Batchelder, 71, of Medina, can’t run for re-election because of term limits. According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Hambley, 59, of Brunswick, handily Read More…

PHOTO: Harrisville Twp. home burns Monday morning, upper floor gutted

A fire Monday gutted the upper floor of a bi-level home at 8455 Congress Road, Harrisville Township. Lodi Fire Chief Chris Ridenour said the blaze broke out 10:30 a.m. and took about an hour to get under control. Six area fire departments assisted in fighting the fire. No damage estimate or cause was available Monday. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

A fire Monday gutted the upper floor of a bi-level home at 8455 Congress Road, Harrisville Township.