February 26, 2015


Ex-employee of auditor’s office wants identities of commenters on Web stories revealed

Mike Kovack and Annette Ehrlich

An ex-employee of the Medina County Auditor’s Office has served subpoenas in a federal lawsuit seeking to identify her former co-workers who may have left comments on stories posted on The Gazette’s website about her feud with Auditor Mike Kovack. In a motion to block the subpoenas, which were issued earlier this month, attorneys for Read More…

Cold brings water woes to Medina as four mains break in two days


Medina city workers have repaired four water main breaks in the city in two days. “The weather’s taking a toll,” city Service Director Nino Piccoli said. “We had 18 (water main breaks) in January, and we went almost unscathed in February until this week.” The most serious break was Monday morning on North Court Street. Read More…

$150K donated to United Way to help jobless Medina County residents

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The Westfield Insurance Foundation has announced a $150,000 donation to United Way of Medina County to run a program that aims to help residents find employment. The donation will be spread over a three-year period, United Way spokesperson Jeanne Hurt said. “Employing Medina County’s goal is to break the barriers that inhibit underemployed and unemployed Read More…

Firefighter hurt in overnight blaze that left Medina home ‘a complete loss’

The home at 383 Bella Rosa Court in Medina was labeled a total loss Monday morning after a fire that started late Sunday night engulfed the first-floor garage and a vehicle in the driveway. Fire Chief Bob Painter said no cause or damage estimate has been released. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A firefighter was injured late Sunday night when he fell through the second-story floor of a burning home on Bella Rosa Court in Medina. Medina fire Chief Bob Painter said Monday that two firefighters were inside the house, trying to extinguish flames above the first-floor garage, when the floor beneath them collapsed. One was injured. Read More…

Drugs causing rural, suburban Ohio counties to send more to prison than urban counties

The Lorain County Correctional facility in Grafton is one of the most crowded prision facilties in the state. (2006 AP FILE PHOTO)

Drug crimes are the main cause of a dramatic shift in the number of people being sent to prisons from non-urban versus urban Ohio counties over the past two decades, county officials said. In the early 1990s, two-thirds of everyone sent to Ohio prisons came from six urban counties — Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery Read More…

Armed robbery suspect gets new attorney

Derrick Kenney

A Cleveland Heights man requested a new attorney this week instead of pleading guilty — as he was scheduled to do — to a May armed robbery in Medina. Derrick Kenney, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearm specifications that would make prison time mandatory. Kenney was represented Tuesday by appointed attorney Read More…

Heroin dealer gets six years in federal prison for Medina sale

Curtis Debose

A Cleveland man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in Medina. Curtis Debose, 34, was arrested in August after police said he sold about 0.3 grams of heroin to an informant on Bronson Street during a “controlled buy” by the Medina County Read More…

James Kimbler is Medina County’s first ‘private judge’

James L. Kimbler

James L. Kimbler may have retired as Medina County Common Pleas judge in January, but he isn’t leaving the job. Earlier this month, Kimbler became Medina County’s first “private judge,” a retired judge who can be hired to expedite civil lawsuits or motions filed in county courts. “It’s been in Ohio Revised Code since the Read More…

Drug conspiracy indictment: Forged prescriptions filled at Medina County pharmacies

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Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Medina County and five other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Read More…

Amid RadioShack closings, family-owned location stays open in Medina Township

The RadioShack store in the Medina Grande Shops Plaza is family-owned and isn’t affected by the national corporation’s announcement that 82 outlets in Ohio will be closed. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The RadioShack store in the Medina Grande Shops Plaza will remain open despite the national corporation announcement last week that 82 outlets across Ohio will close as part of a bankruptcy filing. Store owner Paul Sevougian said his Medina Township business is family-owned and not involved in the bankruptcy case. “Even if RadioShack folds entirely, Read More…