November 24, 2014

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Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

Volunteers deck Medina’s Public Square for holidays

Quinn Behler, of Medina, and Chet Simmons, of Medina, finish wrapping one of the light poles in Mediina's Publc Square on Sunday.  More than 50 volunteers showed up  to decorate the square in preparation for this weekend's Candlelight Walk and the start of the holiday season. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

More than 50 volunteers on Sunday morning helped set up for this year’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk on Medina’s Public Square. “It’s so much easier when we have so many volunteers,” said Denise Trudell, coordinator of the event. The three-day celebration starts Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining the nine-block historic district at 4:30 Read More…

Top Dog essay contest deadline is Monday for fourth-graders

Fourth-graders have until Monday to enter an essay contest spotlighting their favorite pooch in Medina County. All entrants will receive gift certificates for Dairy Queen ice cream cones, and winners can receive prizes for their dogs, themselves and one of 2015’s first dog tags. “Kids love this contest,” said Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, whose Read More…

New rape charges filed against 75-year-old former Hinckley Twp. man

James Selch

A 75-year-old former Hinckley Township man who was charged in September with raping two young girls was indicted last week with raping a young man. James I. Selch now is facing a total of three counts of raping a child under age 13, three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The Read More…

Former Garfield Elementary speech pathologist sues, alleges age discrimination

A former speech pathologist at Garfield Elementary School is suing Medina Schools, alleging she was forced to resign so the district could hire someone younger. Anne Marie Zimmerman, 44, of North Royalton, filed the age discrimination lawsuit Nov. 3 in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Named as defendants are the school board and Karen McGinty, Read More…

Burglary case still going after five years, two verdicts, two appeals

Matthew Hartman

The five-year-old case of a Harrisville Township man accused of trespassing on some friends’ property while armed with a gun has seen little progress since a judge in the case recused himself a year ago. A jury has twice found Matthew Hartman, 45, guilty of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. But the 9th District Court Read More…

Medina County seeks pharmaceuticals to battle opiate addiction

Medina County officials are looking into using a pharmaceutical drug that could help jail inmates with heroin addictions stay off the drug after their release. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier was one of several officials — including representatives from the sheriff’s office, county commissioners, Adult Probation Department and local drug treatment agencies Read More…

Sheriff gets OK for upgrades to countywide 911 systems

Medina County commissioners have authorized the Sheriff’s Office to pursue 911 system upgrades that will benefit every county police department. Jonelle Meredith, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said the upgrades will better support advancing technology. “The telematics — OnStars, Ford Sync, those things — are all computerized in cars,” Meredith said, “so what these upgrades would Read More…

Fatal traffic crashes up from 2013, but part of downward trend

Thirteen people have died in a dozen traffic crashes so far this year, compared to last year’s record low of two deaths. While the dramatic single-year increase is a concern, Lt. Mark Neff, commander of the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said the long-term trend is toward fewer highway deaths. “When I was Read More…

Joyce Kimbler to succeed James Kimbler as common pleas judge

Joyce Kimbler

A local insurance lawyer will take the bench in January after winning the race Tuesday for Medina County common pleas judge. Joyce V. Kimbler, a Democrat married to the retiring judge, defeated former Brunswick Mayor Gary Werner. Kimbler received 55 percent of the 42,565 votes, compared to Werner’s 45 percent of the votes, according to Read More…