August 21, 2014

Medina
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Troopers seize 69 pounds of pot on turnpike

Johnny sits in front of 69 pounds of marijuana he helped Ohio Highway Patrol troopers find during a traffic stop. (OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL PHOTO)

AMHERST TWP. — Two Cali­fornia bounty hunters and an Illinois man are facing felony drug charges after Ohio High­way Patrol troopers seized 69 pounds of marijuana, valued at nearly $350,000, during a traf­fic stop Friday morning on the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers stopped a 2010 GMC Yukon with Illinois regis­tration for a marked-lanes vio­lation at about Read More…

Hike celebrates conservation, laments ‘vanished animals’

Guide Daniel Bertsch discusses the “new” wildlife that entered Ohio once it was deforested during the “vanished animals” hike at Plum Creek Park South on Sunday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KAITLIN BUSHINSKI)

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — There have been remarkable shifts in Ohio’s landscape over the past two centuries. In 1803, when the first settlers arrived, an amaz­ing 95 percent of the state was covered in dense forest. But by 1903, only 13 percent was forested as logged trees fed massive iron furnaces in the south and Read More…

Medina Twp. trustees sued

MEDINA TWP. — While the misdemeanor charge against Kia dealership owner Bill Doraty has been dropped, his civil case against the township has been moved to federal court, and a local businessman has filed a lawsuit against township trustees for allegedly violating Ohio’s Sunshine Law. On Sept. 29, Special Prosecutor Thomas Weinreich of Parma filed Read More…

Medina artists want to spice up the square

MEDINA — A coalition of art organizations is hoping to display works in the city’s historic district if Council agrees to the proposal. “We’re not proposing filling the square with a bunch of sculptures or anything,” said Matt Wiederhold, director of Main Street Medina. Main Street is one of the organizations involved in the coalition. Read More…

Medina County Farmer’s Market to continue this fall

People tour the Medina County Farmer's Market. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Lovers of the farmers market need not despair this fall. As other markets close down, the Medina County Farmer’s Market moves indoors for the cold weather. About 30 vendors will meet at the Root Candle Community Room at A.I. Root Candles, 623 W. Liberty St., Medina, on Saturdays, according to Susan Hirsch with the Medina Read More…

Medina police nab suspect in car break-ins

Leaster

MEDINA — Police captured a man suspected of breaking into numerous vehicles on the city’s west side after a foot pursuit Tuesday afternoon. Authorities arrested Gary Leaster, 26, address unknown, on a felony theft charge at 3:45 p.m. after pursuing him from Liberty Plaza Apart­ments into a wooded area. Lt. Bob Starcher said employees at Read More…

Fire destroys Medina home of elderly couple

Firefighters respond to a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 618 Cedar St. in Medina. No one was injured in the blaze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KAITLIN BUSHINSKI)

MEDINA — An elderly cou­ple lost their home to a fire Wednesday afternoon that apparently started in the kitchen while they were away. Eugene and Velma “Jene” Stamm called 911 at 2:16 p.m. after they returned home to find fire and smoke coming from their kitchen. No one was injured in the blaze at 618 Read More…

With revenue waning in Medina, rates might rise at the rec center

MEDINA — Decreased revenue esti­mates have Medina Community Recre­ation Center officials tightening the budget by cutting one full-time posi­tion and raising rates by 8 percent for some members. The rate increases do not affect those who are renewing their memberships. Only new members, corporate mem­bers and summer members will pay the increased rates if City Read More…

Launching a practical physics lesson

MEDINA — Students practiced the art of hurling pumpkins Friday and in the process learned about physics during the eighth annual Pumpkin Launch at Medina High School. Eighteen teams composed of juniors and seniors entered this year’s competition. Each team had to construct its own trebuchet, a contraption similar to a catapult. The trebuchet used Read More…

Man jailed after alleged assault on teen girl

MONTVILLE TWP. — An 18-year-old Medina man is in jail on an aggravated burglary charge for allegedly assaulting a teenage girl earlier this month. Sgt. Terry Grice said officers responded to the 6300 block of Highland Green the morning of Oct. 17 after the girl reportedly ran to a neighbor’s home and the neighbor called Read More…