July 28, 2015


Litchfield Twp., landowners dispute zoning about hosting weddings

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A Medina County judge will hear arguments next week about whether Litchfield Township landowners can host weddings at their residential properties. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier granted a temporary restraining order in the case last week, ordering the operators of Forever BlueBerry Barn LLC — also known as Forever Farms Ohio LLC and Rustic Read More…

FirstMerit thief sentenced to jail, must pay $82,505 in restitution

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A 41-year-old Doylestown woman was ordered Monday to repay $82,505 that she admitted to stealing from 44 customers of FirstMerit Bank while she worked there. In addition to restitution, Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ordered Sharon Zahradnick to spend three months in the county jail and to serve five years of probation. Read More…

Pipeline argues for access to three landowners’ properties

Adele Borling, Donald Houston and Dorothy Morris pose for a photo after a hearing in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. The three — dubbed the "Iron Three" — have been sued by Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. in order for the company's surveyors to gain access to their properties for survey works. Spectra hopes to build the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline across their properties. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina County judge is expected to rule by Friday whether a Texas-based energy company can perform surveys on private property despite landowner protests. Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. argued in court Monday that it needs to complete environmental and archeological surveys on every property that lies on the proposed path of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Read More…

Initial arguments to begin in lawsuit filed by NEXUS pipeline project

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A Medina County judge is expected to hear initial arguments today in a lawsuit filed by a Texas-based energy company in order to obtain access to four private properties despite landowner protests. HEARING DETAILS: 1:30 p.m. today at Medina County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom I, 93 Public Square, Medina. The proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline is Read More…

Employee sues Cloverleaf Schools, alleges health code violations

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A Cloverleaf High School cafeteria worker has filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging she was disciplined for telling administrators that her boss violated food sanitation regulations in February. Krista Preusser, who has worked for the district since 2012, cited Ohio’s whistleblower laws in her lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Medina County Common Read More…

Sheriff’s deputies help arrest burglary suspects

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Medina County sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest of three teenagers accused of fleeing into the county Wednesday afternoon after a reported burglary in Summit County’s Bath Township. Bath Township Police Chief Michael McNeely said the boys — ages 14 to 17 — were arrested after a three-hour search. A township resident alleged the boys Read More…

Coroner’s report: Driver was drunk in fatal chase through Medina in April


A woman killed in a car crash April 13 after leading police on a high-speed chase had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she died, according to a law enforcement report released Monday. April 13 chase timeline 11:27 p.m.: Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Schmoll approaches Teresa Morris’ vehicle, parked in Read More…

Sheriff calls for body scanner, asks commissioners to seek bids

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The Medina County Sheriff’s Office hopes to get a full-body scanner to prevent inmates from bringing drugs and other contraband into the jail. Sheriff Tom Miller asked county commissioners last week to issue a call for bids in order to obtain a scanner so contraband could be detected before inmates enter the jail. Sheriff’s Lt. Read More…

Seville couple on same-sex marriage ruling: ‘Not just about getting a marriage license’


Before Katie Delano and Kaitlyn Stoianoff were a couple, they were mistaken for one. “We were out with a mutual friend, who was dating Kaitlyn at the time, and someone told us we made a cute couple,” Delano said. “It was incredibly awkward, but they must have been a fortune teller.” A year later, the Read More…

Students toss ‘missiles’ at ‘ships’ in Human Battleship game (PHOTOS)

Soon-to-be eighth-grader Eliza Fields, 13, of Medina, prepares to toss a “missile” in a game of Human Battleship at the Medina Library on Tuesday morning. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to “sink” the ships. A team is victorious when the opponents have no remaining ships. More than two dozen adolescents attended the event. To view other Medina Library events, visit www.mcdl.info. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina Library hosted a game of Human Battleship on Tuesday morning for more than two dozen students who attended the event. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to Read More…