March 28, 2015


Local police back gun replica ban introduced to Ohio Legislature

A fake handgun taken from 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot in November by Cleveland police, is displayed. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Staff and wire reports Police agencies in Medina County say they support legislation in Ohio that would ban all BB guns and other gun replicas that could be confused with real weapons. “It’s not reasonable to ask a police officer to make a split-second decision and to be able to recognize a lookalike as opposed Read More…

Medina man gets federal prison for drugs in latest ‘broken windows’ case

Jeimil Henderson

A Medina man has been sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison on charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Jeimil A. Henderson, 22, was arrested in August by the Medina County Drug Task Force in conjunction with Medina police. Medina police Chief Patrick Berarducci said Henderson trafficked drugs in the Read More…

Capital murder trial date set in case of police officer’s death

Justin Winebrenner

A trial date has been scheduled for an Akron man facing the death penalty on accusations of killing an off-duty police officer at a bar. Kenan Ivery, 35, faces charges of aggravated murder and murder in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, a Wadsworth native who joined the Akron Police Department in 2007. Ivery’s Read More…

UPS honors driver from Wadsworth for 25 years of safe driving

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Terry Leedy of Wadsworth is the state’s senior safe driver for UPS, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt. He was among those honored in the company’s Circle of Honor for accident-free driving. Ohio boasts 333 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,307 years of accident-free driving. UPS drivers James Sieniawski Read More…

Local police urge St. Patrick’s Day safety

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The Medina County OVI Task Force and safe communities are issuing reminders for people planning to attend St. Patrick’s Day parties this weekend and on the Tuesday holiday to designate a driver or call a cab when celebrating. “Get ahead of the decision this year,” said Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest. “If you know you’re Read More…

Track and field: Medina grad Taylor Burke back at Nationals


Taylor Burke is doing anything but striding peacefully into retirement as she concludes her college career. The Medina graduate and University of Florida senior qualified for her fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship in track and field this winter. She will represent the Gators in the high jump today at the University of Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Lodi police Monday, March 2 7:35 p.m. — Highland Drive, police responded to a domestic disturbance between a mother and daughter. While they were in the apartment, police reported a 23-year-old man who was present Read More…

Brunswick couple charged with theft for Giant Eagle incident

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Two Brunswick residents were arrested Friday after police said they tried to take more than $500 worth of groceries and merchandise from Giant Eagle in Brunswick. According to a police report, Tracey N. Such, 26, and Dontaie A. Anthony, 28, were charged with falsification after allegedly providing police with false names and information when they Read More…

Ohio Senate approves bill to cut business filing fees

State Sen. Larry Obhof

COLUMBUS — A proposed state law that would cut new business filing fees by 21 percent cleared the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, and the measure is awaiting approval from the Ohio House. When he introduced the bill last month, Obhof said it would reduce the Read More…

Westfield Group names Edward Largent as CEO

Edward Largent

The Westfield Group announced Wednesday that a new chief executive officer will take over this summer. The Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. Board of Directors, which oversees Westfield Group, issued a statement saying Edward Largent III was elected to succeed James Clay as Westfield president and CEO. Largent will begin July 1. Clay will remain chairman Read More…