August 3, 2015

Medina
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Route 18 project in Montville Twp. could reduce lanes

Workers from Karvo Paving Co. of Stow in Summit County repave stretches of state Route 18 near the Interstate 71 interchange Thursday. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A road resurfacing project at state Route 18 and Interstate 71 in Medina and Montville Township could close the interchange to one lane in both directions for the next few weeks. Joyce Miller, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said Friday that the project is a continuation from work that was done last Read More…

Lodi Corn Festival honors Native American tradition, dedicates restored statue

Jack Lyons, executive director of the Native American Indian and Veterans Center in Barberton, and Dave Shaffer, of Ravenna, participate in a drum circle during the opening ceremonies of the Lodi Corn Festival on Thursday in Lodi’s Public Square. The two men are members of the Fire River Singers, who performed songs before the parade. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Lodi Sweet Corn Festival wraps up today in Lodi with a 5K run, cornhole contests, rides and a raffle. The 34th festival began Thursday night with a drum circle featuring the music of the Fire River Singers. Organizers said they invited the group to perform as a way of honoring the Native American traditions Read More…

Wadsworth grad DeMita a rising TV star

Lisa Gayle Grayson The Gazette It’s not often that a person goes in for a job interview and the first Q&A is with an athletic icon. For former Wadsworth basketball player Rachel DeMita, though, her performance in her initial sit-down with Shaquille O’Neal was key to landing her most recent professional gig. DeMita was flown Read More…

Sobriety checkpoint scheduled for Lafayette Road tonight

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The Medina County OVI Task Force and the Ohio Highway Patrol have announced a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted starting 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Lafayette Road in Medina. A task force news release said the OVI checkpoint, funded by a federal grant, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “Citizens of Read More…

Medina woman chosen for farming leadership institute

Victoria Shaw, 26, of Medina, will be a member of the 2015-16 AgriPOWER class, a leadership organization sponsored by the Ohio Farm Federation. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

A Medina resident has been selected as one of 19 farmers and agri-business professionals to participate in a farming leadership institute this fall. Victoria Shaw, 26, will be a member of the 2015-16 AgriPOWER class, a leadership organization sponsored by the Ohio Farm Federation. Shaw grew up on her family farm in Litchfield Township and Read More…

Sleepwalker Festival begins in Rittman today

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The Sleepwalker Festival returns to Rittman today for the 46th year. It will feature a variety of activities in downtown Rittman and continues through Saturday. Hours today are 5 to 10 p.m. A parade starts at 6 p.m., followed by carnival rides at the IGA Plaza and a Kid Zone at the square after 8 Read More…

Seville man faces federal charges of trafficking child pornography

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A 26-year-old Seville man has been charged in federal court with possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography. Joshua M. Buss could face time in federal prison if convicted. According to his indictment, Buss knowingly trafficked videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from Dec. 29 to June 23. He also is charged with having Read More…

Main Street Medina hosts ‘Stroll the Square’

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Main Street Medina is sponsoring “Stroll the Square” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today on Public Square. There will be 30 locally owned businesses in the district open for evening hours that will feature shopping opportunities, specialty foods, musicians, fine arts and artists. Artist “colonies” will be in the main lobby of FirstMerit Bank, 39 Read More…

Appeals court affirms convicted child rapist’s life sentence

Frank Wood

An appellate court has affirmed a Medina County court ruling to keep a man in prison for life on charges he sexually abused two young girls more than a decade ago. Frank Wood, 47, of Medina Township, was found guilty by a jury in 2006 on felony charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. He Read More…

Police: Couple cooks meth, throws evidence from vehicle while followed

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A Medina couple was arrested last week, accused of throwing a small, portable meth cooker from their vehicle while an undercover drug agent followed. Medina County Drug Task Force agents reported they had been following 36-year-old John Haberny and 33-year-old Sherry Hatch on suspicion they had been purchasing excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine — a chemical Read More…