April 23, 2014

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United Way celebrates programs, raising $986K

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MEDINA TWP. — The United Way of Medina County on Tuesday celebrated more than $986,000 in fundraising and 350 volunteers who helped make a variety of programs possible last year. Executive director Seth Kujat thanked the volunteers and fundraisers for their hard work and donations, and said they could look forward to another year of Read More…

Charges reduced against ex-owner of cigar shop

Philip Labondano

MEDINA — A 50-year-old Medina man had four felony charges reduced to two misdemeanors Monday after pleading guilty to theft in connection with avoiding tobacco taxes on his cigar store. Philip Labondano, of the 1000 block of Continental Drive, was accused of avoiding taxes in 2009 and 2010 at the Medina Cigar Co., 307 E. Read More…

Lodi Library will reopen next month

A worker puts finishing touches on renovations to the Lodi Library. The library has been closed since November 2011 and is expected to open May 19. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Lodi Library will reopen May 19 after being closed 2 1/2 years because of roof beams that were found to be structurally unsound. Library officials closed off a third of the building in November 2011, moving materials into a cramped space that wasn’t covered by the faulty roof. When construction began last year, programs Read More…

Brunswick man pleads not guilty in standoff case

MEDINA — A Brunswick man with a criminal history who barricaded himself in his home March 21 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of resisting arrest and inducing panic. The felony charges against 22-year-old Luke Pfeiler could land him in prison for up to three years if he’s convicted. He’s also charged with misdemeanor domestic Read More…

Warrant issued for man who broke jail window

MEDINA — A judge issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old Florida man who failed to show up Thursday for his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to breaking a window at the Medina County Jail. It was the second hearing missed by Ivan Ray IV, of Freeport, who’s free on a personal recognizance bond after Read More…

Appeals court: Breath test inadmissible in drunken driving case

AKRON — An appeals court has upheld a ruling by Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase to bar prosecutors from using an alcohol breath test given a 49-year-old Cleveland woman accused of drunken driving. Tina Hogue is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a prohibited blood-alcohol level and making an Read More…

May I have this dance?

Kathleen Totter-Smith dances with her son, David Sheldon, at a "senior" prom at Wadsworth High School on Saturday. Totter-Smith, who lives at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina, made a wish to dance that was granted by the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A woman at a Medina assisted-living residence told officials there that she wanted to dance again — so they did her one better. Kathleen Totter-Smith had her wish granted last Saturday when her son surprised her by accompanying her to a “senior” prom at Wadsworth High School put on by Soprema Senior Care Center. Dinah Read More…

New task force’s mission: Keep crime out

Medina County police agencies have created a task force aimed at cutting the flow of drugs along the county’s highways and interstates. Gary Hubbard, director of the county Drug Task Force, said the new Criminal Patrol Task Force will be similar to the OVI Task Force, which gathers officers from across the county to crack Read More…

Man could face prison on gun theft charges

David Schell

MEDINA — A 30-year-old Medina man pleaded not guilty Monday to firearm theft charges that would give him mandatory prison time if he’s convicted. David M. Schell, of 650 Sturbridge Drive, is charged with grand theft of a firearm and having weapons with a violent felony conviction. Last year, he was convicted of domestic violence Read More…

Woman who stole from her neighbor released from probation

Shannon Norman

MEDINA — A 21-year-old Brunswick woman convicted of stealing family heirlooms from a neighbor has been granted an early release from probation. Shannon Norman, nee Willoughby, formerly of 1271 Old Eagle Drive, had served eight months of probation. She had been sentenced to three years. Norman had asked Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler Read More…