April 18, 2015

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Medina County panel targets human trafficking rings

U.S. Assistant Attorney Chelsea Rice speaks to a group of about 40 community leaders Thursday morning about human trafficking. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 40 community leaders were urged by a panel of experts Thursday morning to keep a lookout for the telltale signs of potential human trafficking in Medina County. Human trafficking — the trade of people most commonly for sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor — is a growing issue in the U.S. According Read More…

Cleveland man sentenced to 8 years for armed robbery in grocery store parking lot

Willie McCoy

While a jury waited to be seated Monday, a 21-year-old Cleveland man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot in August 2013. Willie McCoy was charged with aggravated robbery and a gun specification that he brandished a firearm, which added Read More…

Claggett Middle School eighth-graders preview adult responsibilities

Elise Hansen, an eighth-grader at Claggett Middle School, calculates her spending on groceries at a finance simulation on Friday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Claggett Middle School eighth-graders experienced a slice of adulthood on Friday at a financial literacy event. The event — titled “Real Money, Real World” — simulated how to manage money by assigning students random “jobs,” which determined their income for the simulation, as well as family size to show how much a large family spends. Read More…

Three lawsuits filed against Discount Drug Mart by customers

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Discount Drug Mart has been sued three times this year by customers accusing the Medina-based pharmacy and retail corporation of failing to provide safe conditions at its stores. Customers allege they were injured at stores in Medina, Brunswick and Carrollton, about 20 miles southeast of Canton. The corporation operates 72 locations across Ohio, according to Read More…

Prison sentence for drunken driver in fatal crash upheld by appeals court

Mateo Ralios Delacruz

An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a veteran in a drunken car crash. When Mateo Ralios Delacruz, 22, pleaded guilty in December 2013, Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier used an interpreter to inform the man Read More…

Exonerated ex-SEAL: ‘Court of public opinion is a very vicious and malicious court’

Chris Heben

A former Navy SEAL told reporters Friday that public opinion cost him more than $1 million after police accused him of lying about getting shot in a Bath Township parking lot last year. “The court of public opinion is a very vicious and malicious court. I think we as a nation have lost the whole Read More…

Ex-Navy SEAL found not guilty of lying to police about parking lot shooting

Chris Heben

An ex-Navy SEAL from Granger Township was found not guilty Wednesday of lying to police about getting shot by unknown attackers a year ago in a Bath Township parking lot. Police and prosecutors acknowledged Chris Heben, 45, certainly was shot in the abdomen — but they alleged at trial that he did not receive the Read More…

Protesters challenge sobriety checkpoint in Montville Township (PHOTOS & VIDEO)


A Parma man who was cited by police last year for holding a sign urging motorists away from a nearby sobriety checkpoint has taken his crusade to Medina County. While police operated a checkpoint Friday night on state Route 18, east of River Styx Road in Montville Township, Doug “Deo” Odolecki held a sign warning Read More…

Sheriff seeks help for heroin addicts through state grant funds

Tom Miller

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller has applied for an approximately $600,000 state grant that would fund a drug treatment program for inmates at the county jail. If the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services awards the grant for one year, Miller said the resulting treatment program would work to fight the heroin epidemic that has Read More…

Police: Pair dumped Medina Twp. man’s body in Canaan Twp. oilfield

Nathaniel Abshire

Two people have been arrested and charged with leaving a dead Medina Township man’s body in a Wayne County oilfield last week. Wayne County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter said the pair who were arrested — Virginia Dininger, 32, of Litchfield Township, and Matthew Miller, 32, of Wooster — reported they found Nathaniel Abshire, 22, dead Read More…