October 24, 2014

Medina
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Tracked Facebook pics led to capture

MEDINA — A 25-year-old Parma man is being held on $1 million bond in Medina County Jail for allegedly injuring a 67-year-old woman during a robbery at her Hinckley Township home last month. Sean Pack was found when pictures he reportedly took using a stolen cell phone were posted on the victim’s Facebook page. He Read More…

Foster program celebrating success

MONTVILLE TWP. — Medina County has a long history of fostering and adopting children, Mead Wilkins said at an event Thursday to celebrate that legacy. The director of Medina County Job and Family Services said that while other counties built orphanages for children who lost their parents in the Civil War, Medina County looked to Read More…

Love of music lasts a lifetime

SHARON TWP. — The afternoon sun beamed into Elizabeth Mulchy’s bedroom as she practices scales on her piano. Mulchy, who gave music lessons until she was 84 years old, said music makes her feel “warm, happy, comfortable, in love with everything.” “There’s something about music,” she said. “Music has been my life.” And it’s been Read More…

Friends, clients honor Medina veterinarian with special vigil

Don Chyla bows his head as his dogs Lucy and Casey watch the funeral procession of their vet William Sternecker pass Thursday. Dozens of the vet's clients gathered at his clinic to pay their last respects. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

MEDINA — Clients and friends of William Sternecker kept a special vigil this morning for the man they called “Doc.” The vigil included many furry, little friends who Sternecker treated over the years. Sternecker, who owned the Medina Veterinary Clinic for more than 40 years, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. Dozens of the Read More…

Medina Foods files a federal lawsuit

CLEVELAND — The owner of Medina Foods, a Litchfield Township beef jerky company, is suing township trustees and the zoning commission. Many of the issues raised in the suit filed last week in U.S. District Court were argued in Medina County Common Pleas Court earlier this year, and Judge James L. Kimbler ruled against the Read More…

Center seeks to raise awareness of child-sexual abuse

Dale Wurgler, left, Zachary Graham, center, and Grant Gibeault work to plant pinwheels in the front yard of the Children’s Center of Medina County in Medina. Volunteers planted 475 pinwheels there Saturday. Each one represented a case of child abuse investigated in Medina County last year. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — The 475 pinwheels outside the Children’s Center of Medina County’s Highland Drive offices are more than just ornaments to spin in the springtime breezes. Each represents a case of child sexual abuse that has been investigated in the county. Rhonda Wurgler, the newly appointed director of the center, said the pinwheels bring attention Read More…

Dennis Auerswald sentenced to life in prison

Dennis Auerswald, seated with his attorneys, maintains his innocence Monday morning, just before he was sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole after 30 years. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

MEDINA — Dennis Auerswald was sentenced to life in prison Monday for poisoning his wife with antifreeze in 2009. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years, when he will be 90 years old. “Any potential sentence was a death sentence,” said Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman. The minimum Auerswald could have been ordered Read More…

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder’s first 100 days on the job

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, opens a session of the Legislature Thursday in Columbus. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY CHUCK HUMEL)

COLUMBUS — Speaker of the Ohio House Bill Batchelder hurried through the halls of the Statehouse with a handful of staff members Thursday afternoon, their footsteps echoing. One of them handed him a script to read at the Ohio Youth in Government’s mock session, where 500 teenagers from throughout Ohio were portraying state representatives for Read More…

Dennis Auerswald gets life in prison for murdering wife

Dennis Auerswald appears in court on the first day of his murder trial. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA – Dennis Auerswald was sentenced today to life in prison with a chance of parole after 30 years for the murder of his wife in 2009. A jury found Auerswald, 60, guilty of murder and aggravated murder last month. Prior to receiving his sentence, Auerswald vehemently denied poisoning his wife with antifreeze. “I find Read More…

Heartland Heroes named

MEDINA — There are heroes among us in Medina County and a Red Cross event next month will celebrate some of them. The Medina County chapter of the Red Cross this week announced its 2011 Heartland Heroes award winners — a group of adults, children, safety professionals and everyday people who each did something extraordinary Read More…