October 25, 2014

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California man gets prison for sex with Medina teen

A 24-year-old California man will spend 17½ years in federal prison for traveling cross-country to have sex with a 14-year-old Medina girl he met over the Internet. In July, Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, of Novato, pleaded guilty to federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and certain activities related Read More…

Deputies: 18 Highland students identified in sexually explicit photos

Catherine Aukerman

Medina County sheriff’s deputies have identified 18 Highland High School students in sexually explicit photos in their investigation into whether students shared the photos online. The investigation was completed Monday and deputies forwarded the findings to county Prosecutor Dean Holman, sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said, adding no one has been charged yet. “He’ll decide whether Read More…

Bullying? ‘Not in our house,’ says Medina High School for Unity Day

About 70 Medina High School students and staff pose for a promotional photo wearing orange T-shirts to celebrate Bullying Awareness Month. This is the fifth year Medina Schools has participated in the month-long event, and it’s the first year events expanded beyond the high school to the middle and elementary schools. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 70 students, faculty and staff at Medina High School were united Wednesday in their anti-bullying message: “Not in Our House.” They all wore orange T-shirts sporting the message for Unity Day, part of Bullying Awareness Month. Biology teacher Dave Johnson’s first-period class came up with the “Not in Our House” slogan for the shirts Read More…

Library bouncy ball drop wraps up ‘Wonder’ book program (with video)

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MEDINA — More than 2,000 bouncy balls were dropped from the top floor of the Medina County District Library in Medina to the lobby on Friday to wrap up the library’s One Book, One Community program. The program consisted of dozens of events, speakers and book clubs focused on “Wonder,” a short novel by R.J. Read More…

Attorney for accused arsonist urges judge to end woman’s house arrest

Carol Gross

A Wadsworth woman charged with trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a fire in 2012 has asked a judge to remove her from house arrest, a condition of her bond. Carol M. Gross, 45, posted a property bond last October, when her mother used her home as collateral. As a condition of bond, Gross Read More…

Gazette reporter runs from zombies for Project: LEARN 5K fundraiser

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I was trying to keep a good pace as I approached the forest edge. I’d already encountered three or so groups of the undead, and I entered the safe zone thinking I was already a goner. I peeked over my shoulder to find my flags missing, stolen by the first waves of zombies as I Read More…

Medina woman recovering after crash that killed passenger

A woman is recovering who was seriously injured in a car crash Friday afternoon that killed one and injured others. Teresa Green, 40, of Medina, was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with serious injuries. Her passenger, Tara Green, 21, of Burbank, also was transported there and died of her injuries. A nursing supervisor Read More…

Residents vacate Bronson Street ‘nuisance house’

Dan Gladish, chief building official for Medina, boards up windows at 416 Bronson St. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

MEDINA – A house on Bronson Street that police say attracted criminals will lie vacant for a year after a judge ordered the house padlocked and evicted the occupants. City officials sued the occupant, convicted drug dealer David Reed, and the homeowner, Reed’s brother, Edward Scott Reed, in March after a woman said she’d been Read More…

Charges filed against Montville Twp. police sergeant in death of K-9

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A Montville Township police sergeant is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after his K-9 police dog died of heatstroke while left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot day. Sharon Township attorney Jeff Holland, who works on animal cruelty cases for the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Read More…

Judge rules Brunswick minimart robbery wasn’t a prank

Anthony Vandal

A 25-year-old Brunswick man was convicted of robbery Thursday after arguing at trial that he was playing a prank on a friend when he tried to rob a store while armed and masked. Anthony Vandal initially was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He also was Read More…