January 29, 2015

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Kenneth Alex Grad gets 24 years in prison for abusing infant son; maintains innocence

Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday morning on charges of felonious assault and endangering children. He was convicted last month of brutally abusing his infant son in 2008. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Convicted infant abuser Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Grad, 44, formerly of Montville Township, was found guilty of felonious assault and endangering children — six second-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies — by a Medina County jury last month. Grad was accused of Read More…

Carol Gross, of Wadsworth, found not guilty of arson, attempted murder

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A Wadsworth woman said Thursday she’s glad she’ll have time with her children after a Medina County jury found her not guilty of trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a 2012 house fire. “I got arrested 17 months ago, and I’ve not been able to see my kids more than two hours a week Read More…

Jury deliberations continue in Wadsworth arson, attempted murder trial

Carol Gross

A Medina County jury is deliberating the case of a Wadsworth woman who’s accused of trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a 2012 house fire. County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara told the jury during closing arguments Wednesday morning that 44-year-old Carol Gross was the only person with motive to kill Wally Gross, who she Read More…

District library settles lawsuit over Lodi branch defects for $640,000

Lodi Library management closed about a third of the building in November 2011 because the roof was structurally unsound. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library will receive $640,000 in an out-of-court settlement ending a lawsuit over defects in the construction of the Lodi Library. The library was closed in November 2011 for 2 1/2 years after officials said the wooden beams in the cathedral ceiling of the new library’s main room were weak because they Read More…

Cannabis advocate says wait and see about legalization amendment

Cher Neufer

A local woman who founded Ohio’s chapter of a national pro-marijuana group wants more information before endorsing a proposed amendment to legalize the drug in the Buckeye State. Plans for the proposed amendment were released by ResponsibleOhio, a political-action committee whose website went live with the details Tuesday. But the website does not yet include Read More…

Two Medina men await sentencing in theft from DC Guns

Two Medina men are awaiting sentencing after changing their pleas in connection with the theft of firearms from a North Court Street gun shop in September. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, face up to 5 1/2 years in prison at their Feb. 22 and 26 sentencing hearings before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Read More…

Public records class available for free on attorney general’s website

Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the availability of a free, online class on the state’s transparency and public record laws. The classes have been available as in-person lessons since 2011, but a demand for remote training prompted the office to offer them online. “As we’ve conducted these training sessions and answered emails and Read More…

Lafayette Twp. woman gets jail for Eli’s Kitchen break-in involving grandson

Caron Simmons

A 50-year-old Lafayette Township woman will spend six months in jail for using her 4-year-old grandson to break into a Medina restaurant in June. Caron J. Simmons pleaded guilty last month to breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, and child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was charged in August after being identified in a Read More…

Elderly Wadsworth resident testifies he doubts daughter-in-law set house fire

Carol Gross

A Medina County jury on Thursday heard testimony from an elderly Wadsworth man, who said he didn’t think his daughter-in-law tried to kill him by burning down their home in 2012. The man’s daughter-in-law, Carol Gross, is standing trial this week on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson, first- and second-degree felonies. If convicted, Read More…

New Medina County judge sees being on bench as culmination of experience

Newly elected Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler has been on the bench for a little over a week now, and she said it's the best job she's ever had. NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE

The Medina County Courthouse has a new judge: Joyce V. Kimbler. Kimbler, who was elected in November and took over Jan. 2, said her first week on the job was a learning experience. “When I went to new judge college, everyone said it would be the best job you’d ever had,” she said. “I took Read More…