October 24, 2014

Medina
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Medina County drug court has highs & lows, but no excuses

Drug court administrator Christine Demlow and Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier talk to drug court participants Wednesday. The rigorous year-long program has low-level drug offenders going to weekly sessions at the courthouse and meeting other objectives to eventually have charges against them dropped. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

MEDINA — Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier said he’s exhausted by midday every Monday. He starts out the week with his call day, when dozens of felons and accused felons appear before him to be arraigned, face probation violations or receive their sentences. Collier said it’s possible he’ll see many of these people again, Read More…

Commissioner Steve Hambley to head area collaboration group

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MEDINA — Steve Hambley is taking on another leadership role. As county commissioner, he represents about 172,000 residents of Medina County. As chairman of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium’s board of directors, he’ll be heading a group that focuses on collaboration among 12 counties with about 3.8 million residents. Hambley said he’s excited about Read More…

Medina County is getting friends to fund courthouse repairs

Much of the old section of the Medina County Courthouse was built in 1841. Additions were added in later years and the attached “new” courthouse was built in 1968. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA — The county won’t be going it alone to figure out how to fund costly repairs on the courthouse. Downtown revitalization group Main Street Medina and historic preservation group Medina Community Design Committee will be teaming up with the county to find potential grant opportunities to restore the historic building. “The building itself is Read More…

Animal hoarding concerns Medina County officials

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MEDINA TWP. — People from various fields Tuesday looked over pictures of dogs in cages, cats bald from flea infestations and homes littered with feces. The pictures showed the dark reality of animal hoarding in Medina County, said officials with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Some of the pictures were from Read More…

Medina bar association meets with high court justice

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor met with members of the Medina County Bar Association on Friday. Pictured are front row, from left: Judge Mary Kovack of the Medina County Domestic Relations Court, and Janis Hutchins Zachman, president of the Medina County Bar Association; second row, from left: Judge John J. Lohn of the Medina County Probate/Juvenile Court, Judge Dale H. Chase of Medina Municipal Court, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Judge Christopher Collier of Medina County Common Pleas Court and Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine of Wadsworth Municipal Court. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor got the lowdown on the Medina County legal community Friday. The chief justice visited with members of the Medina County Bar Association to talk about whatever was on the lawyers’ minds. O’Connor “wants to spend considerable time visiting Ohio’s 88 counties to help her re-examine the Read More…

Area schools consider pay-to-learn option

Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill this week that would strike down the mandate for all-day kindergarten, and at least one local school district that already offers it is considering charging residents for the program if a May levy fails. State Rep. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, said he introduced House Bill 30 Read More…

Cities to get 1 year of 911 pay

MEDINA — County Commissioners decided this week to give one year’s worth of back payments of wireless 911 funds to three cities, although the cities say they’re owed five. Commissioners also will give the cities wireless payments for this year and next year. Commissioners said they were never asked for the money, which the county’s Read More…

County’s alert system outdated

MEDINA — It would take about 1½ days using the Medina County Emergency Management Agency’s technology if a serious emergency required the agency to call all the landline phones in Medina County. “When you have an emergency, gee, you’d like to tell people in less than a day and a half,” EMA Director Buck Adams Read More…

Man gets new rape trial

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MEDINA — A Brunswick man sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for allegedly raping his stepdaughter will have a second chance in court later this year. Carl Morris, 44, was convicted by a Medina County jury of rape of a child younger than 10 and rape of a child younger than 13, first-degree felonies. Read More…

Galion woman gets 5 years prison for July 2010 fatal crash

Attorney Robert Campbell and his client Victoria Spear, 21, of Galion, listen Thursday as Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler sentences Spear to five years in prison. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

MEDINA — A 21-year-old Galion woman was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for a 2010 drinking-and-driving accident that killed her best friend. Victoria Spear pleaded no contest last month to aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Spear was driving north on state Route 301 in Homer Township Read More…