May 23, 2015

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Buckeye Primary Schools students learn seat belt safety at event (PHOTOS)


Buckeye Primary School students received Wendy’s Frosty treats and suckers with inspirational messages on Thursday morning. The event was conceived to raise awareness about traffic safety and to celebrate with children about the approaching summer.

Medina school bus driver resigns after leaving preschooler unattended

The Gazette

The Medina Board of Education this week accepted the resignation of a 20-year veteran bus driver who is accused of leaving a sleeping special needs preschooler aboard a bus unattended for a half-hour. Diana Spanower resigned from her position on May 15 and the school board accepted her resignation Monday. When reached for comment Wednesday, Read More…

Westfield Township man pleads not guilty to fatal crash in Lafayette Twp.

Noah Silcox

A 20-year-old Westfield Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to killing a Burbank woman in an October 2014 crash while he was driving without a license. Noah T. Silcox, of the 8800 block of Westfield Road, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison Read More…

Medina County housing agency to revise policies after discrimination allegations

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The Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority has agreed to revise its policies for rent assistance after a federal agency determined the agency unintentionally discriminated against minorities. In a May 1 policy revisal agreement, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the policies were legally discriminatory, but no evidence suggested it was deliberate. The federal Read More…

Coroner seeks quicker answers in high-speed chase fatality

Alexandra Jones, left, is shown with her mother, Teresa Morris, right, in a photo posted to Jones’ Facebook page. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Medina County coroner said Thursday he plans to have the toxicology report expedited for a Tallmadge woman who died in a car crash last month after a police chase. Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter said Thursday that the report — which will determine whether 38-year-old Teresa Morris was under the influence of drugs or alcohol Read More…

Bear owner accused of attempting to ‘smuggle’ in prescription drugs into jail

Jeffrey Gillium

A man whose pet black bear is at risk of being seized by the state has been charged with trying to “smuggle” prescription drugs into the Medina County jail. Jeffrey Gillium, 62, of Lodi, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Medina school district asserts immunity against lawsuit over teen’s suicide

Deven Baab

Medina Schools argued Tuesday that the district has “immunity” from fault in a lawsuit filed by the father of a 14-year-old boy who killed himself just days after a school counselor was warned he may be suicidal. The boy’s father, Richard Baab, accused the counselor, Julia Copley, in a wrongful death lawsuit for failing to Read More…

Tallmadge man accused of voyeurism talked away from Grand Canyon rim

Paul Strebler

Grand Canyon rangers reported Tuesday that they talked a Tallmadge man away from the ledge of the Arizona landmark after a three-hour conversation. Tallmadge police in Summit County said the man was 33-year-old Paul Strebler, who reportedly fled the state to kill himself at the Grand Canyon after he was accused of recording female employees Read More…

Police seek Tallmadge man in Romeo’s Pizza voyeurism case

Paul Strebler

A warrant for the arrest of a district manager of a Romeo’s Pizza location in Summit County has been issued. Paul Strebler, 33, of Tallmadge is accused of recording employees using the restroom at a Twinsburg restaurant. Twinsburg police issued the warrant charging Strebler with two counts of voyeurism — one a fifth-degree felony and Read More…

Faith-based walk in Medina focuses on men, families


A faith-based walk aimed at strengthening Medina County families drew hundreds to Medina’s Public Square on Saturday morning. The message of the Move 2015 Men’s Walk was that men should embrace God and become “real men” capable of leading their families. “The churches don’t need to give you a vision,” event coordinator Brian Hagerman told Read More…